Gandalf could have made Connery a fortune

Gandalf could have made Connery a fortune November 26, 2006

No matter how many times I hear it, I still can’t get used to the idea that Sean Connery was approached to play Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003). I remember hearing this rumour back when Connery was promoting Entrapment (1999), and hoping to dear heaven that nothing would come of it; imagine my relief when I heard that Ian McKellen had the role.

Anyway, The Scotsman is reporting that Connery could have made hundreds of millions of pounds — or dollars, come to that — if he had taken the role. This assumes, of course, that the films would have been just as successful with Connery as they were with McKellen, but I’m not so sure that they would have been.

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  • Yikes, that’s hard to imagine!

  • Anonymous

    So after reading that, I went and checked out his profile at imdb to see what he had to say. And I quote:

    “I had never read Tolkien, and I didn’t understand the script when they sent it to me. Bobbits? Hobbits?”

    and I quote again:

    “Yeah, well, I never understood it. I read the book. I read the script. I saw the movie. I still don’t understand it.”

    Fool of a Took! We would never get along based solely on that.

    I’m not going to be able to sleep tonight.