Sean Connery 'Tells Off' Steve Jobs & George Clooney Movie to Open Venice

Sean Connery, Louis Vuitton ad
Sean Connery stars in Louis Vuitton ad

Sean Connery has been in the news of late: First there was the “gay kiss” (more on that later), then The Donald (a.k.a. Donald Trump) announced he wanted Connery to open his Scottish golf complex, and now comes a letter – fake, but worth reading all the same – “From the Desk of Sean Connery,” telling Apple's computer salesman Steve Jobs to get lost for good.

Dated December 11, 1998, the faux Connery-to-Jobs missive, which became a Twitter sensation, states the following:

I will say this one more time. You do understand English, don't you? I do not sell my soul for Apple or any other company. I have no interest in “changing the world” as you suggest. You have nothing that I need or want. You are a computer salesman – I am fucking JAMES BOND.

I can think of no quicker way to destroy my career than to appear in one of your crass adverts. Please do not contact me again.


Sean Connery


Ironically, 1998 was the year Connery chose to all but destroy his film career by appearing in The Avengers. And of course, he would eventually “sell his soul” in a Louis Vuitton “advert.” But remember: However entertaining, this letter is as phony as Connery's Russian submarine captain in The Hunt for Red October.

George Clooney
George Clooney

George Clooney's The Ides of March has been scheduled to open the 2011 edition of the Venice Film Festival on August 31.

Set in the near-future during the Democratic presidential primaries in Ohio, The Ides of March is a political drama starring Clooney himself as a presidential candidate and Ryan Gosling as his press secretary. Clooney and his Good Night, and Good Luck. screenwriting partner Grant Heslov adapted Beau Willimon's play Farragut North, inspired by the 2004 campaign of Democratic candidate Howard Dean.

Also in the Ides of March cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Max Minghella, Jeffrey Wright, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The Ides of March is Clooney's first directorial effort since the 2008 comedy Leatherheads, co-starring Reese Witherspoon and John Krasinski. Leatherheads was a major box office disappointment upon its release. Clooney's previous directorial foray, the 2005 drama Good Night, and Good Luck., earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination and a Best Director nod for Clooney.

Also later this year, George Clooney will be seen in Alexander Payne's The Descendants.

'A Separation' at Sydney Film Festival

Asghar Farhadi's Iranian drama A Separation has won top honors at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival. The announcement was made on Sunday, June 19.

"Propelled by an acute attention to class, religious and gender differences," reads the Sydney Film Festival commentary about A Separation, "Farhadi's mathematically precise script interrogates the very basis of truth and ethics, its imploding narrative movement the perfect metaphor for the social and political discord that plagues contemporary Iran." Earlier this year, A Separation won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, in addition to an ensemble Silver Bear for its cast — Shahab Hosseini, Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat — and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

Chen Kaige led the Official Competition jury, which included filmmaker Sarah Watt, actress Kerry Fox, and producer Mark Herbert.

Also in the running for the $AUD60,000 Best Film award were Athina Rachel Tsangari's Attenberg, Miranda July's The Future, Tran Anh Hung's Norwegian Wood, and Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty, among others.

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