Sean Connery Turned Down an Offer to Play Gandalf in Lord of the Rings

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Ridiculous blunder, or stupid mistake. We’ll let you decide. World famous Scottish actor Sean Connery turned down an offer to play Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, and presumably, the chance to reprise the role in the three Hobbit films. No big deal right? Well this decision actually managed to set back the aging James Bond around $450 million! Holy fuck! That’s not a mistake or a blunder. That’s a damn disaster. So why did Sean Connery turn down an offer to play Gandalf when it was going to cost him so much money?

It’s my personal opinion that the role, and possibly the entire movie for that matter, may have been saved by Connery rejecting the role. The performance of Sir Ian McClellan was spectacular, and absolutely true to the book. While Sean Connery would have bought a superstar box office draw card to the movie, and is certainly the better known actor of the two, could you really imagine Connery in the role?

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I’m glad he never took the role, Ian’s portrayal of Gandalf was fantastic. Although I never understood how he couldn’t understated the book or the film. I was only 10 when the first film came out and started reading the book when I was 11 and I understood it perfectly fine. Is he just plain stupid for not being able to understand simple things, he was apparently this big Hollywood star yet he can’t understood multiple different scripts. It also wouldn’t have had anything to do with age in understanding it, just look at Christopher Lee (may he RIP).