Michael Crichton On The Masculine Virtues Of Sean Connery

You don’t have to deify a man (which was not done here, thankfully) to realize he has some good things to teach you. I’ve enjoyed many Sean Connery movies, and many anecdotes about him as well. Seems like he was man who acted in films for a living, and not an “actor” who tried to be a man when he wasn’t pretending to be someone else.

He doesn’t hold grudges unless he intends to.  “I spent a lot of my life being miserable,” he says.  “Then one day I thought, I’m here for the day, I can enjoy the day or not.  I decided I might as well enjoy it.”  There is that quality about him, that sense of choice and control over himself and his moods.  It makes him integrated, self-assured.  The most common remark about him is “That’s a real man.”

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In his 1988 memoir Travels, author Michael Crichton recalls the time he spent with actor Sean Connery during the shooting of the film The Great Train Robbery in Ireland in 1978.  Crichton, the famed author of Jurassic Park, Sphere, Congo, Disclosure, and a number of other popular novels, was also once a film director.  Connery was the star of The Great Train Robbery, and Crichton clearly was in awe of the volcanic Scotsman.  The anecdotes he relates of Connery’s masculine charisma make it clear that men today can learn a great deal from him.

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