In the tribute, published by The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday, Bay recalled a moment when he and Connery were filming a car chase. Connery hit the brakes and caused Bay to hit his head against a window. Connery asked if Bay was okay and Bay said he wasn’t, but only because “the Disney folks are here to kick my butt for being two days over schedule.” Connery then offered to help.
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Later, during a break in filming, Bay is eating lunch in an elementary school classroom with Disney representatives when Bay announces that Connery is coming in.
“Sean comes in, sits down across from the open-mouthed executives,” Bay wrote. “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***ing Ivory Tower and we need more f***ing money!!’ Without missing a beat, they responded. ‘OK. How much?'”
Bay went on to further compliment Connery by saying Connery’s working style is incomparable to anybody else the blockbuster director has collaborated with.
“He did it because he loved movies,” Bay wrote. “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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The Rock was released in theaters in 1996 and it scored over $300 million at the box office to become the fourth highest-grossing movie of the year, according to The Numbers. Bay’s next two movies, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor, were also both released by Disney.
Bay is one of many celebrities that paid tribute to Connery after the actor passed away in his sleep on Saturday at the age of 90. James Bond actors Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan as well as Connery’s The Rock co-star Nicolas Cage were some of the actors and filmmakers who eulogized Connery.
Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN who thinks The Rock is a masterpiece.