SEAN Connery turned down the largest paycheck in cinema history when he refused an offer to play Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it has emerged.
If the actor had put on the long white beard and clasped the wizard’s staff as the hero of Middle Earth he would have earned as much as ?225 million.
Peter Jackson, the director of the fantasy trilogy, has revealed that New Line Cinema, the production company behind the films, offered the Scottish actor between 10 and 15 per cent of worldwide box office takings to secure his participation.
Too bad. Sir Sean would have made a great wizard. But his choice is obvious because it doesn’t fit his other characters. I mean, Gandalf never gets the girl, does he?