Wellington – Rumours linking British actor Sean Connery with Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ trilogy are gathering momentum in the Wellington suburb of Seatoun, where the film-maker lives. First there was speculation the Connery and Kiwi actor Sam Neill (‘Jurassic Park’) were interested in playing the role of Gandalf the wizard. Now rumours are circulating that Connery has bought a house in Seatoun, where Neill is said to own a property. Locals are believed to have spotted Connery at the Chocolate Fish Cafe in Karaka Bay.

A cardboard cutout of the star has graced one of the cafe’s seats since Tuesday. “I haven’t seen him myself,” said manager Penny Pennington, “but I have people who swear they have seen him here.”

Well, with stories like this around, I don’t need to make anything up. People’s imaginations are running rife down there. Or maybe he really DID go to the Chocolate Fish Cafe. (In case that sounds revolting, chocolate fish are a popular thing here, they’re chococlate-covered marshmallow fish.)
(You didn’t need to know that…)