adventure, a story of friendship and pride, and the best performance of
Sean Connery's long and distinguished career (not to mention his
favorite role) - The Man Who Would Be King has all of this and more.
Based on the novella by Rudyard Kipling, The Man Who Would Be King was
a movie that director John Huston had tried to make for almost 25
years. Huston read Kipling's work devotedly as a kid, particularly when
he was bedridden (Huston suffered from an enlarged heart and problems
with his kidneys), and making this film was a dream project of his. He
had originally planned to cast Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable in the
two lead roles (as British soldiers, mind you). As time went on and
Bogart and Gable passed away, other actor pairings were considered: Kirk
Douglas and Burt Lancaster, Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole, and
Robert Redford and Paul Newman. Newman reportedly was the one who
persuaded Huston to go with a British cast, and thus we ended up with
Sean Connery and Michael Caine.