Sean Connery is a legend. He's Indiana Jones' dad. He's Bond, James Bond. And my interview with him from last night left me both shaken and stirred.
When I arrived at Dressed to Kilt — a Scottish benefit for American veterans — here in New York on Monday night, little did I know that by 8 p.m., I'd have had one of the most interesting experiences of my professional life. I've interviewed a good deal of people, but never someone like Sir Sean.
When he showed up to the red carpet, mayhem ensued: Publicists starting shuffling around and the press line shifted, so that all the reporters could get a quote from the legendary Scot. In a nutshell, everyone wanted a piece of him. So, when we saw our opportunity, we sort of bombarded him. And there I was, face to face with Connery.
I asked him about how he got involved with the event — why I chose such a mundane question is beyond my reasoning in hindsight. But now I'm happy I did, because here's what followed:
Jocelyn: How did you get involved with tonight's event?
Connery: I wrote in and sent my money, and they accepted it. But how did you get in?
Jocelyn: I'm kind of a big deal. So, I don't know if you've heard about me. (In the background you hear my coworker, Vanessa White Wolf, say to herself: Oh no!)
Connery: No, tell me.
Jocelyn: No, I'm just kidding.
Connery: I thought you were serious! ... You have to read the script.
Jocelyn: I do. I'm a little flustered to be around you right now.
Connery(slightly intrigued): Oh, really?
Then we headed back to business, and he shared what he thought of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." And to see the whole amazing episode for yourself, check out the video!