Scottish actor Sean Connery on the set of The Hunt of Red October, based on the novel by Tom Clancy, and directed by John McTiernan. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Sean Connery Left Alec Baldwin Shaken On The Hunt For Red October Set
John McTiernan’s adaptation of Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for Red October” was Alec Baldwin’s chance to prove that he was a bankable movie star if he could nail the leading role of Jack Ryan. Just two years into his career, Baldwin faced a challenge as he starred in the film opposite veteran actor Sean Connery as Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius.
Connery let everyone know from the first day that this was his movie, and later outbursts from Connery toward the film crew put fear into the younger actors. Baldwin, who had observed Connery, recalled thinking, “I am so screwed. I am invisible in this movie now. This guy looks like $10 million just stacked end to end. No one’s even going to see me in this movie.”
McTiernan made it work, though, with EW reporting, “Once he started to work with him, he realized that Sean was very generous to other actors and that Sean respected him.” “The Hunt for Red October” is unquestionably a showcase for Sean Connery, but Baldwin gives a magnetic performance as Ryan, with the way Baldwin projects intelligence being vital for his performance.