In addition to being a world-class talent, the late Sean Connery knew his way around the burdens of celebrity. “Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner himself is now a wily veteran of the movie industry. But back in 1987, when he starred as Eliot Ness in “The Untouchables,” he still had a thing or two to learn from the iconic James Bond actor.
Before Kevin Costner starred in the 1985 Lawrence Kasdan Western “Silverado,” the jury was still out on whether or not his career was going to take off. When he took the role of Prohibition agent Eliot Ness in “The Untouchables,” however, Costner had arrived. And one thing that inevitably comes along with arriving on the scene as a handsome young movie star is the attention of women.
Few knew that better than James Bond actor Sean Connery. The man was literally named the sexiest man of the century by New Woman Magazine. It’s safe to say he knew how to handle the advances of adoring fans. And the relatively inexperienced 1987 version of “Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner got acquainted with Connery’s status on the set of “The Untouchables.”
In 2018, Costner told a story about Sean Connery’s magnetism on an episode of “The Rich Eisen Show.”
“I was with Sean. I was in Chicago. And I was kind of talking to him. There was this girl, was really trying to get my attention. She was cute. And I didn’t want to rush over there,” the “Yellowstone” star recalled.
Costner explained that he didn’t rush over because Connery had told him a story about a time he was in a similar situation. Apparently, Connery thought a woman was trying to get his attention for an intimate reason. In reality, she was only offering him a lighter for a cigarette.
The ‘Yellowstone’ Star Learns the Lesson That Sean Connery Tried to Teach Him
Despite the story that Sean Connery had told him, Costner figured there was no harm seeing what the woman was all about. What’s the worst that could happen?
“So I had that story on my mind when I was with him and some girl was trying to get my attention. Like looking over, looking over, and finally, I’m kind of done with him,” Costner told Rich Eisen in 2018. “And I think, ‘Well, I’ll stroll over and see what she really wants.’ So I did. I walked and she was behind the ribbon. I got really close to her and she goes, ‘Could you get me Sean’s autograph?'”
The “Yellowstone” star said he felt the same way Sean Connery described. In the grand scheme of things, there was no harm done. Other than some slight damage to Kevin Costner’s ego as a budding star.