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Sean Connery’s Last Co-Star Naseeruddin Shah On The Experience Of Bonding With Bond



Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah has  only done  one international film,  a  big comicbook 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 his last feature film.

Recalling the  experience  Naseer  says, “I expected him to be a person happy in his own skin and confident enough to not 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 , Terry O’Neill .

 Recalls  Naseer, “All us co-actors were certainly in awe of Sean but he never displayed any sign of entitled behaviour. 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  Sean Connery actually  took  genuine interest in the lives of  his  colleagues.

 Says Naseer, “He often asked us things about ourselves, which was touching .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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