Sean Connery as Gandalf? Actor turned down $450 Million!

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Sometimes what's more interesting than the movie roles we love, are the movie roles that could have been.

Did you know that Bill Murray was the first Choice to play Batman in the 1989 Tim Burton movie? Or that Will Smith could have played Neo in The Matrix?

How about that New Line Cinema really wanted Sean Connery to star as Gandalf?

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When Lord of the Rings was in development, the studio was seeking a big name star to offset the gigantic risk of filming three very expensive films back-to-back, with no guarantee of their box office success.

Connery was offered $6 million per picture. But what we didn't know is that he was offered 15% of the Box Office as well, a deal that would have earned him $450 million!

The man who made James Bond a household name apparently didn't understand the script. Connery claims, "I read the book. I read the script. I saw the movie. I still don’t understand it. Ian McKellen, I believe, is marvelous in it."

Can you imagine Sean Connery as Gandalf? Or are you happy he turned it down and McKellen stepped in?

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Lord of the Rings Quotes

Aragorn: The Beacons of Minas Tirith! The Beacons are lit! Gondor calls for aid.
Theoden: And Rohan will answer. Muster the Rohirrim. Assemble the army at Dunharrow. As many men as can be found. You have two days. On the third, we ride for Gondor and war.

The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it. It began with the forging of the Great Rings. Three were given to the Elves, immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings. Seven to the Dwarf lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls. And nine, nine rings were gifted to the race of men, who, above all else, desire power. But they were, all of them, deceived, for another Ring was made. In the land of Mordor, in the fires of Mount Doom, the Dark Lord Sauron forged in secret a master Ring, to control all others. And into this Ring he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life.