I guess I’m dumb for not knowing this, because it seems to have been common knowledge, but apparently Sean Connery, who turned 83 last week, was a bodybuilder before he was an actor. Thanks to Sports Illustrated’s Bryan Graham for schooling me.
Here’s another of Connery and his sweet abs. The 50s, so innocent. The days when you didn’t need steroids to win Mr. Universe, just a semi-strict jogging regimen, a regular schedule of calisthenics, and no cigarettes before noon. They’d break for a three-martini lunch during the competition and pat all the women on the butt and tell them to run along while the men talked. Ah, those were the days.
Here’s what a more recent Mr. Universe looked like. Rene Zimmermann, in 2003. Via Getty. I can smell the tanner through my computer.
I actually had a lucrative bodybuilding career before I got into movie blogging, but I had to quit because the judges told me my crotch bulge was “distracting.” In retrospect, the constant thrusting couldn’t have helped.