Sir Sean Connery receives Marrakech International Film Festival Award
Morocco, Local, 12/9/2004
British mega star and icon, Sir Sean Connery, received, here last night, the Marrakech International Film Festival Award that was handed to him by his friend, US actor Lawrence Fishburne.
Introducing Sir Sean Connery, Fishburne said he was "greatly pleased to pay tribute to a man who fixed his name on public imagination," noting that refinement, sophistication and longevity are the usual words that often come to mind to describe Connery's artistic achievement.
Like the characters he portrayed for the silver screen, Sir Connery is always looking for new conquests, added fishburne, who described Connery as a "staunch defendant of his homeland Scotland."
Sir Sean Connery, who started his working life as a coffin polisher, was given a standing ovation by the audience that came to salute him. Connery said he felt honoured to receive such a "wonderful award," and more so in Morocco, a country he came to know thirty five years ago with his wife Micheline.
He then expressed heartfelt thanks to Lawrence Fishburne, an "outstanding actor," who interrupted filming for the sake of presenting Sir Sean Connery with the Marrakech International Film Festival Award.
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