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'We were all in awe of Sean Connery'

By SUBHASH K JHA
November 02, 2020 12:49 IST
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'He was perfectly happy sitting around in his undershirt sans his wig, with us all and scratching himself and breaking wind!'

Naseeruddin Shah has done only one international film, a big comic book adaptation titled The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003.

It was not a pleasant experience for Naseer and he never returned to international projects.

But he did get to work with Sean Connery in what turned out to be the Scottish movie legend's last feature film.

Recalling the experience, Naseer tells Subhash K Jha, "I expected him to be a person happy in his own skin and confident enough not to indulge in starry behaviour of any kind and he didn't disappoint me there."

 

Connery was the cynosure of all eyes on the sets.

Besides Naseer, the film also starred Peta Wilson, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng, Edward Hyde, Richard Roxburgh, Max Ryan, Tom Goodman-Hill, David Hemmings and Terry O'Neill.

"All us co-actors were certainly in awe of Sean, but he never displayed any sign of entitled behaviour," recalls Naseer.

"He didn't need to. He was perfectly happy sitting around in his undershirt sans his wig, with us all and scratching himself and breaking wind!"

Unlike other self-centred stars, Connery took genuine interest in the lives of his colleagues.

"He often asked us things about ourselves, which was touching," Naseer adds.

"Celebrities are never interested in others. They're always waiting to be asked things about themselves and are happy to hold forth about themselves even if not asked. Sean was an exception."

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