Playboy magazine reports that Sean Connery was originally offered the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. New Line Cinema offered him between 10% and 15% of the worldwide box office receipts. By turning down the offer, Connery gave up between $290 million and $435 million.
Poor guy - he's probably crying in his bank vault where he keeps all the money he's made from his other movies. Unless the lottery suddenly turns in my favor, I'll never even see $1 million in my lifetime.