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Cth
08-28-2006, 11:34 AM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2329710,00.html.

That's it, Hollywood, fumes Connery
By Adam Sherwin
The frustration of working on films with colleagues he thought were not up to it has got to him, reports Adam Sherwin

SIR SEAN CONNERY marked the end of his Hollywood career yesterday by turning the air blue in a tirade against the film industry.

The actor celebrated his 76th birthday with an attack on incompetent directors, producers and the industry at large. On what was meant to be a celebration of 50 years in the industry, Connery visited his home town of Edinburgh, where he was presented with a Bafta Scotland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film.

He stunned the audience with an attack on his two recent Hollywood blockbusters and he said he did not plan on any additions to his CV. “The time has come because of my rather unfortunate last movie,” he said. “The cost to me in terms of frustration and avoiding going to jail for murder cannot have continued.”

The offending film was The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, released in 2003, a misfiring superhero extravaganza directed by Stephen Norrington.

Connery said that, after his dealings with him, his opinion was that the director was “insane”. Connery said: “He was young and enthusiastic. I presumed someone wouldn’t give a person $84 million to go to a wonderful place like Prague without due diligence.”

Connery’s previous film was The Avengers. Of this epic, Connery said that although it had been a wonderful television show, he thought that the film producer was “a bit of a w****r”. My wife will verify the confrontation I had with the director when he talked about suggestions for the film because I knew they were coming from the producer. I liked the actors. But the film fed on these silly wasp things supposed to be flying around. It was relentless and tedious.”

The Avengers director was Jeremiah S. Chechik, whose career had amounted to little more than a Van Halen video and a couple of television serial episodes. The producer was Jerry Weintraub, a veteran of Hollywood action hits, including Ocean’s Eleven.

Connery insisted that he did not have a problem with directors as a rule. “You cannot hold a film together unless you have a good script and a disciplined director who understands actors.” Told that the Hollywood director Brian De Palma had been supposed to be in the audience but had not taken his seat, Connery said: “We are very lucky.”

Connery said he would make one exception to his decision to make no more films if George Lucas invited him to reprise his role as Indiana Jones’s father.

The Scots star said he had discussed a fourth film in the blockbuster series with both Lucas and Steven Spielberg. “It would have to be an offer that I couldn’t refuse to do it. Maybe I’m too expensive.” Connery revealed that Lucas had been “not enthusiastic” about his participation in the first place. “He wanted someone more like Yoda. The first time we had a meeting, I didn’t ring any bells with him. I wanted Tom Stoppard to write the script.”

Sir Sean said that Spielberg and Lucas appeared to have different visions for the film, and the actor intervened by asking Lucas: “Are you going to direct this film or him?” He spoke in a slightly frail voice after recovering from serious illness. He had had surgery to remove a kidney tumour in January, and in 2003 had surgery to remove cataracts.

Interviewed in front of a packed Edinburgh International Film Festival audience, Sir Sean called the James Bond creator Ian Fleming “an Old Etonian snob” who always wanted the unaffordable Cary Grant to play the role. The Bond star believes that Daniel Craig will be a worthy successor in the role when the latest film, Casino Royale, is released.

Frozen Sooner
08-28-2006, 11:37 AM
Gee, Sir Connery, perhaps LXG wouldn't have been a steaming pile of shit had you played the character you were actually hired to play instead of insisting on playing yourself. You know, like a professional actor.

"Jap Anus Relations for $100!"

Jim T.
08-28-2006, 11:37 AM
"Alex, I'll take sword for $500"

*edit* Damn you Sooner!!

Gregory
08-28-2006, 11:38 AM
He made at least two movies between those cited above, and he was rumored to have turned down both Morpheus and Gendalf.

Race
08-28-2006, 11:41 AM
Gee, Sir Connery, perhaps LXG wouldn't have been a steaming pile of shit had you played the character you were actually hired to play instead of insisting on playing yourself. You know, like a professional actor.

"Jap Anus Relations for $100!"No, that film suffered from a great deal more than Connery's take on Quartermain.

And Lucas wanting a "Yoda-like character" for Indiana Jones? :no:

Bill Nolan
08-28-2006, 11:42 AM
Connery ended his speech by yelling, "Get off my lawn, you damn kids!" and falling and breaking his hip.

- B

azad
08-28-2006, 02:25 PM
maybe if he stopped picking bad scripts for blockbusters and stucks to smaller more refined films, he wouldnt be so pissed. he has no one to blame but himself

Gavin
08-28-2006, 02:43 PM
Connery ended his speech by yelling, "Get off my lawn, you damn kids!" and falling and breaking his hip.

- B
:D

Frozen Sooner
08-28-2006, 02:57 PM
No, that film suffered from a great deal more than Connery's take on Quartermain.

And Lucas wanting a "Yoda-like character" for Indiana Jones? :no:

Well, true, but Connery's boorish refusal to portray Quartermain as written didn't help.

Caley Tibbittz
08-28-2006, 03:00 PM
I liked Avengers. A lot. I saw it four times.



...and if Connery doesn't like LXG (and he shouldn't), fuck him for not noticing the script was atrocious when he signed on.

bartleby
08-28-2006, 03:02 PM
Gee, Sir Connery, perhaps LXG wouldn't have been a steaming pile of shit had you played the character you were actually hired to play instead of insisting on playing yourself. You know, like a professional actor.

"Jap Anus Relations for $100!"


No, I'm pretty sure LXG still would have sucked. Connery was just about the only redeemable part of that movie.

bartleby
08-28-2006, 03:05 PM
he was rumored to have turned down both Morpheus and Gendalf.


The story goes that he was the first choice for both roles, be he turned them both down after reading each screenplay and being completely confused. So when the screenplay for LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN came along and he was similarly befuddled, he agreed to do the project fearing that he'd miss out on something spectacular a third time.

Jamie Coville
08-28-2006, 03:50 PM
I heard the producer and the actors all loved Moore's LOEG book and wanted to that as a movie.. but then they hired a director that didn't.

the last ronin
08-28-2006, 06:46 PM
Well him not being in Indy 4 sucks balls.

Jamie Howdeshell
08-28-2006, 06:59 PM
Well him not being in Indy 4 sucks balls.

i was worried about that too, but he says he'll make an exception for that.



Connery said he would make one exception to his decision to make no more films if George Lucas invited him to reprise his role as Indiana Jones’s father.

good thing too, cause that is a spectacular role. he was awesome in last crusade.

WillieLee
08-28-2006, 07:42 PM
This is coming from a man that starred in Zardoz!

CapnChaos
08-28-2006, 07:54 PM
You're the man now, dog.

(And God wept.)

Modok Gas
08-28-2006, 08:06 PM
It's nice to know that Connery approves of the next bond. That's a big kick in the pants to the anti-Craig hate websites.

Andrew j
08-28-2006, 08:23 PM
Didn't Michael Caine say the same thing twenty movies ago?

Modok Gas
08-28-2006, 08:27 PM
Didn't Michael Caine say the same thing twenty movies ago?

... and then he needed to eat.

vhsiv
08-29-2006, 01:49 AM
My understanding was that Fox's Tom Rothman and Connery were the principal villains behind LXG.

And Stephen Norrington left the profession after that movie. The guy who directed 'Blade' - the first and best movie in the franchise - quit the movie business over the friction he encountered over that movie.

chris page
08-29-2006, 01:55 AM
My understanding was that Fox's Tom Rothman and Connery were the principal villains behind LXG.

And Stephen Norrington left the profession after that movie. The guy who directed 'Blade' - the first and best movie in the franchise - quit the movie business over the friction he encountered over that movie.

being the first and best movie in the blade franchise, isn't saying all that much really. if we can judge him by that and LXG, i'd say the industry is probably better off without him.

Gregory
08-29-2006, 05:23 AM
Didn't Michael Caine say the same thing twenty movies ago?

Liam Neeson also said it after working on Haunting and Phantom Menace.

Race
08-29-2006, 05:29 AM
Well, true, but Connery's boorish refusal to portray Quartermain as written didn't help.I hope you're not referring to the graphic novels.

There's a reason Allan Moore stopped allowing himself to be credited for the movies he's inspired.

LenNWallace
08-29-2006, 05:50 AM
If I were him, I'd blame this all on the Jews.

BrianS
08-29-2006, 06:00 AM
Gee, Sir Connery, perhaps LXG wouldn't have been a steaming pile of shit had you played the character you were actually hired to play instead of insisting on playing yourself. You know, like a professional actor.

"Jap Anus Relations for $100!"

Except if like me, and many people I know, you actually LIKE LGX

I'm still hoping for a sequel!