Sean Connery - Outland

Sean Connery’s Remarks During An Interview For 1981’s Outland Upset Harlan Ellison

I am probably one of the few people who readily admit they enjoy 1981’s Outland, starring Sean Connery and Directed by Peter Hyams (Capricorn One), I always kind of thought of it as sort of a intergalactic version of 1952’s High Noon.

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The other day I stumbled across a reply from the legendary Harlan Ellison from an issue of Starlog concerning an incident at a press junket covered by the magazine for its September 1981 issue. It’s obvious that he felt how Sean Connery handled a question by a reporter was not how an actor of Connery’s stature should behave, as well as the movie itself.
Sean Connery - Harlan Ellison - Outland
Harlan Ellison - Sean Connery - Outland
Thanks to the Internet Archive I was able to track down the very interview that upset Ellison so much.
Starlog - Outland - Sean Connery 1Outland - Sean Connery - StarlogOutland - Sean Connery - Starlog B

I’m kind of torn on this bit of sci-fi history, friends. My knee-jerk reaction is I found more fault on the reporter’s part for trying to put Connery on the spot but not having been in the room itself I can’t judge how serious Connery or the reporter were being with any of their responses. I’m also aware though that my view on this might be a little biased as like I mentioned above I really like Outland…I’m interested in what you all think about the matter.

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