New Zealand Herald
May 1, 1999

Connery Was Here, Maybe
(unknown author)

WELLINGTON -- Rumors linking British actor Sean Connery with Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy are gathering momentum in the Wellington suburb of Seatoun, where the film-maker lives. First there was speculation that Connery and Kiwi actor Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) were interested in playing the role of Gandalf the wizard.

Now rumors are circulating that Connery has bought a house in Seatoun, where Neill is said to own a property. Locals are believed to have spotted Connery at the Chocolate Fish Cafe in Karaka Bay. A cardboard cutout of the star has graced one of the cafe's seats since Tuesday. "I haven't seen him myself," said manager Penny Pennington, "but I have people who swear they have seen him here."