The James Bond star was actually supposed to play the Architect.
“Yes, I refused Matrix, admitted Brad Pitt in early 2020. I took the red pill. “ He is not the only actor to have said no to the Wachowski film: Will Smith was initially approached to play Neo, but he did not fully understand the script and refused it, before regretting it. Among the other stars contacted for the project, at the end of the 1990s, there was also Sean Connery: a rumor has long circulated about his refusal of the role of Morpheus. Slashfilm goes back in detail on this story, and take the opportunity to dot the i’s: yes, the James Bond star has refused Matrix, but no, it was not to embody the hero’s mentor, ultimately played by Laurence Fishburne. It is the role of the Architect, played by the Australian actor Helmut Bakaitis, which had been proposed to him. It is interesting to note that this character does not finally appear from the first one. Matrix, but in its suites, Reloaded and Revolutions, released in 2003.
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In the process, Sean Connery has also said no to another big production which has finally been a huge success: The Lord of the Rings. Peter Jackson had offered him $ 30 million to play Gandalf, as well as a 15% bonus on the receipts of the three films, which would have made him hit the jackpot (around $ 450 million). In 1999, he starred in High-flying, then he accepted Meet Forester, by Gus Van Sant, before to retire from acting following his bad experience on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen…
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