When Warner Bros. decided to make “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy”, they knew they were about to undergo a gigantic financial and time commitment. They committed to a lesser known director at that time in Peter Jackson, which was a huge risk back then as his largest big-screen contributions to that point included “Heavenly Creatures” and “The Frighteners”.
In an effort to ensure the huge undertaking was a success for Warner Bros., they approached Sean Connery to play the role of Gandalf the Grey. The offer, which may have seemed humble at the time, was a $10 Million check and 15% box office results. The actor decided to turn down the role after reading the books and scripts as it didn’t particularly resonate with him. Ian McKellan was hired to play Gandalf for far less of an investment and the the trilogy went on to become a colossal success, grossing $2.9 Billion, which would translate into Connery earning approximately $450 Million dollars if he had signed on for the role.
Do you think Connery regrets his decision to not play the silver-haired wizard?
Follow me on Twitter for your latest updates on AMC Movie News! @RhythmicRose