The Rock’s director, Michael Bay, has paid tribute to Sir Sean Connery who very sadly passed away this weekend at the age of 90 years old.
Bay and Connery worked on the incredible film The Rock together, and they seemed to have a very good working relationship.
It was announced this weekend that Sir Sean Connery passed away.
Connery was the man who brought James Bond to the big screen, but you can’t talk about the actor without mentioning the film, The Rock.
It’s easily one of Bay’s best films, and I would argue that it’s also one of Connery’s best.
“He was a legend,” Bay told The Hollywood Reporter.
“We all have a few teachers in our careers. The ones that imprint something special on your being. Teachers that you haven’t seen in 20 years, but you still remember their wisdom like yesterday. Sean Connery was one of those for me.”
Michael Bay pays beautiful tribute to Sean Connery
Bay added, “I was young-dumb, doing my second movie, The Rock. I had heard he was notoriously tough on directors. I was terrified when I gave him my first direction: ‘Uh, Sean can you please do that less charming.’ He said, ‘Sure, boy!’ ‘Boy’ was the nickname he gave me.”
The director also revealed that Connery was “notoriously thrifty and practical” and that he taught him “so much about acting and the craft.”
Bay also went on to share what he described to be a “funny story”:
“Car chase: Sean driving and I’m alone filming him. He slams the brakes; my head hits the window. He says, ‘You OK?’ I say, ‘No, the Disney folks are here to kick my butt for being two days over schedule.’ Sean, with that sly look, says, ‘You want me to help?’ Cut to: Having lunch with the Disney execs in a third-grade classroom, sitting at tiny tables and chairs. We looked like giants. I announce that Mr. Connery would like to visit and say hi. Sean comes in, sits down across from the open-mouthed executives.”
He continued, “In classic Sean Connery style, he belts out in his Scottish brogue: ‘This boy is doing a good job, and you’re living in your Disney F*cking Ivory Tower and we need more fucking money!!’ Without missing a beat, they responded. ‘OK. How much?’ He did it because he loved movies. He loved excellence and doing the best he could. His work ethic was bar none, the best I’ve ever experienced.”
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