Sean Connery demanded Disney spend 'more f---ing money' so Michael Bay could finish 'The Rock'

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(L-R) Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage in "The Rock." Buena Vista Pictures
  • Michael Bay, who directed Sean Connery in "The Rock," recalled a moment when the legend helped him out.

  • In a story he wrote for The Hollywood Reporter remembering Connery, Bay said that when Disney was criticizing him for shooting over schedule, the actor had his back.

  • '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!!'" Bay recalled Connery saying to Disney executives.

Movie lovers lost an icon on Saturday when Sean Connery died at the age of 90. And it sounds like from at least one director who worked with him that Hollywood also lost an actor who had no fear of taking on the executives.

Director Michael Bay worked with Connery on his hit 1996 movie "The Rock." Marking the second feature film by Bay (his debut was another hit, "Bad Boys"), back then he was still known best for his flashy music videos and commercials and didn't yet have the leverage he would soon have later in his career.

Thankfully, he had Connery in his corner.

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Michael Bay. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

In a story he wrote for The Hollywood Reporter celebrating the life and work of Connery, Bay recounted a moment when Disney executives gave Bay a hard time for shooting over schedule on "The Rock."

Bay said during a meeting with Disney executives in a third grade classroom (he gives no explanation why it was done there) Connery made his displeasure known.

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"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!!'" Bay wrote. "Without missing a beat, they responded. 'OK. How much?'"

At the end of the day, everyone was happy -- "The Rock" went on to earn over $335 million worldwide on a $75 million budget.

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