Sean Connery won't be shaken or stirred out of retirement

Sean_lDon’t count me among those disappointed that Sean Connery (pictured, right, with Harrison Ford) won’t be reprising his role as indiana Jones’ father in the fourth Indy movie, which begins shooting in 10 days. Connery posted an announcement at the official Indiana Jones website, saying that not even the prospect of working with Steven Spielberg and Ford again could coax him back in front of the camera because "retirement is just too damned much fun."

That sounds like an awfully glib excuse, but whatever the real reason — maybe he’s not mentally or physically up to the demands of the role anymore, or he doesn’t want audiences to see the ravages of his 76 years, or he really is having too much fun playing golf — I won’t begrudge him his desire to sit this one out. His announcement echoes the one made a couple weeks ago by Paul Newman; the 82-year-old told ABC News he’s happy to devote his working hours to his food businesses and that he’s not up to the challenges of acting anymore. Both men had world-class runs in movies, and both deserve to rest on their laurels.

Sure, we’d all like to see Connery and Newman continue to sparkle on screen, but then again, movie history is littered with late-career embarrassments by performers who didn’t know when to hang it up, who didn’t observe the showbiz adage that you should always leave ‘em wanting more. What say you, PopWatchers? Should we try to coax these guys back into action, even if they’re not in fighting shape, or should we let them be and just enjoy their bodies of work?

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  • Steve

    No, this is a wise move. Remember the embarassment that was Bette Davis’s late career? Or that ill-advised cameo by Katharine Hepburn in that Warren Beatty movie?
    Just let it go, folks.

  • Tim

    Add Gene Hackman to your list of retirees.
    I only wish these fine actors would’ve gone out on finer notes other than the League of Extrordinary Gentlemen and Welcome to Mooseport.
    Enjoy your retirement, Mr. Bond and Popeye Doyle.

  • Dio_K

    Always leave them wanting more. And who needs this kind of scrutiny in their 70s? Smart move on his part.

  • Reesa

    Let the man enjoy his retirement. I firmly believe Connery can still act he is just that good (my opinion), but we all look forward to retiring. I think they waited too long for Indy 4 and Ford should retire as well.

  • actingup

    Everyone should be allowed to retire – yeesh – let’s give them a break. Acting is hard work. Everyone who works on film and TV work incredibly long hours. I speak from experience. I am amazed when there are actors in their 80s working (look at Angela Lansbury on Broadway. Amazing! And kudos to her that she has the stamina).

  • Nancy Walker

    Connery deserves his retirement. He gave us great movie watching. Paul Newman was wonderful and gorgeous! I loved him in ‘Across The Terrace, which also starred his wife,Joanne Woodward. The Towering Inferno was another one of my favorite movies with Paul Newman. I do like his salad dressing and lemonade.
    I like it when celebrities realize that the best years for their craft is over. It is always best to go at the top of the game.

  • BrandonK

    I’d rather they retire than show up in a live-action Flintstones movie…Elizabeth Taylor…

  • Jer

    If only one of them had voiced a planet eating robot in the new Transformers Movie… They’d join Orson Welles in some elite company then…

  • Ceballos

    Acting is really the only profession I can think of that anypne would be surprised where a person well into their 70s and even 80s would talk about retiring.
    It’s partly because people like these two guys have lucrative careers, but I think it’s mostly because most people still think acting is kinda….easy. Though I realize it’s not exactly laying brick, these people DO work long hours, as actingup pointed out.
    I’ll miss seeing Connery and Newman on screen, though fortunately they each left behind a wealth of material to appreciate them forever.

  • Dunc

    Connery should have retired after The Last Crusade… He was in what, two decent movies after that? And one was his cameo in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, so I’m stretching the definition of decent.

  • Maeve

    I hope Sean Connery and Bob Barker get to play lots of golf together.

  • colbyfan

    Yes, I absolutely agree with the retirement sentiments of Newman and Connery and am very appreciative of all the great performances we have always enjoyed from both of them.

  • Nix

    What say us? We have no say in the matter. It’s his decision.

  • Buzzramjet

    Well good for him, but nonetheless maybe even a quick cameo would be cool, but it’s his decision. I guess he’s turned in his License to Kill as well.
    Have Fun Sean! Ya Gave us some great performances.

  • kcholt68

    >That sounds like an awfully glib excuse<
    And who are you to say he's being glib? This is Sir Sean Frikkin' Connery, have a little more respect!

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