Sugar Wiki: Rule of Sean Connery

"Sean Connery elevates everything he's in... Except like, you know, that one movie we don't talk about. And Zardoz, I guess."
The Spoony One, The Spoony Experiment

A subtrope of the "Rule of Cool". This is about actors who make movies cooler or better just by their mere presence in them.

Sean Connery:
A = Movie's Awesomeness Factor without Sean Connery
B = Awesomeness Multiplier of Sean Connery = 100
C = Movie's Actual Awesomeness Factor
If Sean Connery is in the movie then C = BA = 100A, otherwise A=C.

Nicolas Cage aka The Great Variable:
A = Movie's Awesomeness Factor without Nicolas Cage
B = Awesomeness Multiplier of Nicolas Cage = 5
C = Movie's Actual Awesomeness Factor
If Nicolas Cage is in the movie then C = BA = 5A, otherwise A=C


Connery Factors (Your mileage WILL vary with all of these)

Other Actors Full of Awesome

  • Sean Bean: To truly get an idea of his greatness, see this article.
  • The Beatles, either solo or as individuals. Often an appearance or starring role by Ringo Starr or John Lennon is the best part of many films.
  • BRIAN BLESSED is just SO hammy that any movie he is in is automatically awesome.
  • Humphrey Bogart actually rivals Connery for dominion over this trope if you go back and watch his less famous roles. Tokyo Joe, for example, is an absolutely horrible Casablanca retread with awful casting and a terrible script, yet Bogart somehow elevates it from "garbage" to "wow, that was pretty decent." The Two Mrs. Carrolls is another example, although even Bogie can only drag that wreck so far (though you still won't regret watching it). On a more positive note, he took The Caine Mutiny from a good-but-forgettable war movie to an Oscar nominated masterpiece, and he did it with what, twenty minutes of screen time? If that?
    • He got the part in The Petrified Forest because he'd played the role on Broadway, and was so good that leading man Leslie Howard wouldn't make the movie unless they cast Bogie. He of course nailed it so well that he immediately became the go-to guy to play tough villains in Hollywood until The Maltese Falcon bailed him out of his Type Casting.
    • Bogart wasn't named the Greatest Movie star of all time by the AFI for nothing. Even when he played supporting roles he elevated mostly forgettable films into must see viewing.
  • Kevin Costner. He makes great westerns, and helps films such as JFK and he shared protagonism with the very Connery in The Untouchables, who served him as a mentor figure.
  • Bryan Cranston
    • He appears as (initially) the Only Sane Man in Godzilla (2014). Convinced that the earthquake in 1999 that resulted in a near-meltdown at the power plant he was in (which also caused the death of his wife) was caused by a creature, Cranston's characterization of Joe Brody runs rings around the rest of the cast, so much so that he's a featured part of the advertising (however, that's to cover up his death 40 minutes into the film). In fact, a common criticism of the film is that the rest of the cast just can't measure up to him when he leaves, and the rest of the film suffers as a result.
  • Harrison Ford, who is still singled out as a highlight even above the age of 60.
  • As pointed by her page, Summer Glau.
  • John Goodman: The same rule under Steve Buscemi also applies to Mr. Goodman.
  • Alec Guinness:
    • In the case of Guinness (or Peter Sellers), the true Awesomeness number of the film can only be arrived at by multiplying the normal total by the number of roles in the film played by Guinness/Sellers.
  • Gene Hackman, who used to work a lot and always make his appearance memorable.
  • Jackie Earle Haley: In everything he's made since his 2006 comeback.
  • Tom Hanks. Used in-universe in The Simpsons Movie, during a tourist attraction ad: "Hi, I'm Tom Hanks. The American Government has used up all its credibility so it's borrowing some of mine."
  • John Hurt, a classically-trained Shakespearean actor with an incredible voice, lends dignity and panache to every film he's in, no matter how bad.
  • Lee Marvin: To quote Homer Simpson: "He's ALWAYS drunk and violent!"
  • Patrick McGoohan's intense presence (in whatever amount) would considerably lift the awesomeness of whatever production he was in and make you take even the most rubbish lines seriously.
  • Monty Python members, collectively, individually or in sections, whether a Python has any input into the writing/directing/producing or not, can certainly be a highlight of many movies. In really dire productions, they tend to be the only light!
  • Roger Ebert has what's called the "Stanton-Walsh Rule" which states that nothing featuring Harry Dean Stanton (Alien, Paris, Texas, Repo Man and TV's Big Love) or M. Emmett Walsh (Blood Simple, The Jerk, Blade Runner) in a supporting role can be altogether bad. However when Wild Wild West (Walsh) and Dream a Little Dream (Stanton) came out Ebert had to recant.
    • Similarly, movie critic Jeremy Jahns has what he calls the "Strong/Tucci Rule". Named after actors Mark Strong and Stanley Tucci, the rule reads that any movie featuring either Strong or Tucci is instantly better than they would be were it not for their participation, and their the two actors are likely going to be the best things about the movie, regardless.
  • Meryl Streep is singlehandedly capable of making any movie she is ever in awesome, by virtue of the fact that she is Meryl Frakking Streep.
    • AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) should just rename the Best Actress award into the Meryl Streep Award and call it a day. She won only 3 of 17 (!) nominations because it would be boring if she just took it every time.
  • Tilda Swinton who is a goddess that can do no wrong. It's the exact reason she's become obligated to appear in every one of the Narnia movies despite her character only being present in two of the books!
  • Mr T pities the foo' who doesn't include him on this list!
  • Amanda Tapping
    • Or, for that matter, her Stargate SG-1 co-star Richard Dean Anderson. Stargate series aside, there's also a voice-acting turn as himself on The Simpsons, a stint in soap operas, and of course his other most famous role, MacGyver.
  • Connor Trinneer: Even some of the worst episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise are elevated by virtue his presence. That he managed to be the subject of an M-preg episode and still retain some dignity and even bring some genuine pathos to it is a testament to his skill.
    • Scott Bakula, Dominic Keating, and Jolene Blalock as well, all of whom managed to sell some truly atrocious writing during their tenure on Enterprise. It's safe to say that those four carried the show on their exceptionally talented shoulders, and did such a good job of it that they managed to win over a considerable number of fans despite the extremely shaky storytelling. If any one department on Enterprise hit their job out of the park, it was the casting department.
  • Karl Urban, particularly if he's a doctor or the law.
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme, who gives some entertainment to even the worst movies. However, many consider his performance as Guile to be a massive exception to this rule, indeed — many think that it's one of the (many, many, many) things wrong with the film.
  • Vladimir Vysotsky was this for the Soviet Sinema.
  • Christopher Walken, full stop.
  • Reese Witherspoon: She was in Freeway and Election. She will forever be awesome!
  • Any movie featuring Shailene Woodley is instantly guaranteed to be infinitely superior to that same film without Shailene Woodley. Even those who trashed everything else about the Divergent film praised her performance.

Voice Acting

Cage Factors

... and let's not forget he who works in any work he's in, namely Chuck Norris.

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Rule Of Sean Connery