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Sean Connery
 Roles turned down by Sean Connery:

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Connery was signed for the part of King of the Moon but budget troubles forced Terry Gilliam to cut great portions of the moon sequence. With his role diminished, Connery left the project.
Actor who got the part: Robin Williams

Alexander
Sean Connery was originally considered for the role of Philip (Val Kilmer).
Actor who got the part: Val Kilmer

Amistad
Passed on the role of John Quincy Adams.
Actor who got the part: Anthony Hopkins

Assassins
Connery was considered for the role of Robert Rath. (it was written with him in mind)
Actor who got the part: Sylvester Stallone

Austin Powers in Goldmember
Early on, Sean Connery and Ursula Andress were intended to play Austin's parents, spoofing their roles from 1962's Dr No.
Actor who got the part: Michael Caine

The Birds
Alfred Hitchcock considered the young Connery to play a San Francisco lawyer whose romance with a beautiful, shallow playgirl gets torn apart by mysterious bird attacks.
Actor who got the part: Rod Taylor

Blade Runner
According to "Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner," Sean Connery was considered for the part of Deckard.
Actor who got the part: Harrison Ford

Boom!
Playwright Tennessee Williams' top choice to play the hustler "Chris Flanders" opposite Elizabeth Taylor declined the opportunity.
Actor who got the part: Richard Burton

Broken Dreams
Sean Connery was set to co-star in this production before the death of River Phoenix.
Actor who got the part: None

Die Hard: With a Vengeance
Connery turned down the role of Simon Gruber due to the diabolical nature of the character.
Actor who got the part: Jeremy Irons

Dressed to Kill
Sean Connery turned down the role of Robert Elliot due to prior commitment.
Actor who got the part: Michael Caine

The English Patient
Connery was interested in playing the role of Caravaggio, but had schedule conflicts that couldn't be worked out.
Actor who got the part: Willem Dafoe

From Hell
Sean Connery was considered for the lead role of Inspector Fred Abberline.
Actor who got the part: Johnny Depp

Funny Girl
Connery was offered the leading man role while filming "You Only Live Twice."
Actor who got the part: Omar Sharif

In the Line of Fire
Sean Connery turned down the role of Frank Horrigan.
Actor who got the part: Clint Eastwood

Instinct
Sean Connery was considered for the role of Ethan Powell.
Actor who got the part: Anthony Hopkins

The Jackal
Sean Connery was considered for the role of the Jackal.
Actor who got the part: Bruce Willis

Josiah's Canon
Connery was to star in this film about master thief who organizes a team of notorious bank robbers to pull off a major job. Connery pulled out to focus on writing his autobiography.

Jurassic Park
Sean Connery turned down the role of John Hammond.
Actor who got the part: Richard Attenborough

Live and Let Die
Sean Connery turned down the role of James Bond.
Actor who got the part: Roger Moore

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf. He said in an interview that he "didn't understand it" and therefore didn't want to spend 18 months on the project.
Actor who got the part: Ian McKellen

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf.
Actor who got the part: Ian McKellen

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf.
Actor who got the part: Ian McKellen

The Matrix
Sean Connery has publicly stated he was offered a role in the Matrix (although many people beleive it was actually The Architect in The Matrix Reloaded). He turned down the role saying he couldn't understand the script. Years later, he said that he chose to do "the League of Extraordinary Gentleman" (despite not understanding the project) because he regretted turning both "the Matrix" and "Lord of the Rings" down.
Actor who got the part: Laurence Fishburne

The Matrix Reloaded
Sean Connery turned down the role of the Architect.
Actor who got the part: Helmut Bakaitis

The Matrix Revolutions
Sean Connery turned down the role of the Architect.
Actor who got the part: Helmut Bakaitis

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Sean Connery turned down the role of bond but returned once more in 'Diamonds Are Forever'.
Actor who got the part: George Lazemby

Pretty Woman
Sean Connery turned down the role of "Ed Lewis".
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Sean Connery thought it would be funny if he reprised his King Richard role from Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves, but in drag. Mel Brooks found it funny too, but turned him down due to his salary.

Runaway Jury
Sean Connery was attached to play Rankin Fitch but later dropped out.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

Shogun
According to the DVD commentary, Connery was the top choice to play John Blackthorne by James Clavell, who wrote the novel, but he turned the part down.
Actor who got the part: Richard Chamberlain

Short Night
Alfred Hitchcock wanted Connery to play the role of a man who, sent to intercept and kill a dangerous spy, falls in love with the spy's beautiful wife.
Actor who got the part: Film Was Never Made, Hitchcock Died

The Sound of Music
Considered for the role of "Captain von Trapp."
Actor who got the part: Christopher Plummer

Star Trek V: the Final Frontier
Original choice for Sybock. the words in the film "Sha Ka Ree" are a play on of his name.
Actor who got the part: Laurence Luckinbill

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
Offered the role of Thomas Crown but declined. Connery later regretted his decision.
Actor who got the part: Steve McQueen

The Three Hostages
Alfred Hitchcock wanted to re-team "Marnie" stars Sean Connery and 'Tippi' Hedren as a married couple who go on a hunt to track and trap a brilliant, seductive international kidnapper in this big spy thriller. The project never got made.

Topaz
Alfred Hitchcock offered the role of spy and family man "Andre Devereaux" to his "Marnie" star.
Actor who got the part: Frederick Stafford






Did you know that Sean Connery was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» Diamonds Are Forever
» Dr. No
» Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
» The Man Who Would Be King
» Marnie
» The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
» The Wind and the Lion
» Zardoz






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