I’ve always found the transition from script to screen interesting. In Connery’s case he’s turned down roles written specifically for him such as The Thomas Crown Affair, as writer Alan Trustman reflected:
“I wrote it for Sean Connery,” he said, in an interview with the New York Daily News. It could have been one of Connery’s greatest triumphs and he apparently regretted not playing the thief.
“Every day they would meet with Connery, and he would say, ‘I’ll think about it.’ After a week they went back to Los Angeles and cast McQueen.”
Aside from the soundtrack, I don’t really like the original film and was actually quite bored by this cinematic classic. I’d even go as far to say that I much prefer Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo’s 1999 tongue-in-cheek version.
Well the gods must have given you a name
-Oh, yeah. Kevin.
His name has also been mentioned in scripts as the ideal actor to play a given role but perhaps unattainable. Most famously in the original Time Bandits script, King Agamemnon was introduced as:
The warrior took off his helmet, revealing someone that looks exactly like Sean Connery, or an actor of equal but cheaper stature.
Terry Gilliam was surprised when Sean did agree to the bizarre fantasy-comedy but in comparison to Zardoz, even Gillian’s films look run-of-the-mill.
Here’s the very witty trailer and Sean’s intro:
Believe me, I was prepared for everything – except you.
Ronald Bass’ first draft screenplay of Entrapment more than alludes to casting Connery as ‘Mac’ the charismatic, ageing thief:
ANDREW MacDOUGAL, perhaps 60, as charismatic and shamelessly virile a face as one can recall. Etched with character and worldly experience, lit by a twinkle behind the razor-keen gaze. Tall, wide shoulders, massive hands.
I quite enjoy the first draft screenplay for Entrapment – it certainly has a more Bondian feel to it, with the action sequences, locations and one-liners. The script contains much more fleshing out of the relationship between Gin and Mac which perhaps has something to do with the written word leaving more to the imagination. As a treat, click on the poster and have a peruse yourself.