Does it happen that a movie star’s performance is influenced by the opinions of the film crew? Do you know of any specific examples?

In the film The Hunt for Red October , Sean Connery played a Russian submarine commander.

For this role, he decided to wear a wig with a ponytail. He thought it would give an interesting dimension to the character.

But he didn’t want to talk about it to the film’s director, the famous John McTiernan. He was afraid that the latter wouldn’t like his idea and would try to prevent him from adopting this look.

So on the first day of filming, Sean Connery showed up on set with his ponytail wig on. McTiernan discovered it and was, by his own admission, “fuckin’ horrified.”

He tried to convince Sean Connery to change his wig, but the actor wouldn’t listen. The director tried to get the film’s producers to intervene, so that they could put pressure on Sean Connery, but the latter had beaten him to it: he had already pleaded with the producers to keep his ponytail…

McTiernan seemed to have lost the battle when an unexpected twist came to change the situation.

Halfway through the second day of filming, while Sean Connery was watching some rushes (that had just been shot) with the director of photography, Jan De Bont, the latter suddenly started laughing and told the Scottish star that his ponytail looked like “a big limp dick swinging behind his head” !

The joke immediately spread throughout the crew, and before the end of the second day of filming, everyone was laughing as Sean Connery walked past and looked at his ponytail.

The actor was so offended by the mockery that he immediately decided to have his wig altered and remove the ponytail.

Incidentally, a key scene that had been filmed the day before had to be reshot, which resulted in an additional $20,000 in costs.

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