Most casual moviegoers, particularly outside of the UK, were probably only vaguely aware of Ian McKellen before he scored a pop cult one-two punch second only to Hugo Weaving’s (Agent Smith in The Matrix and Elrond the prognosticating Elf in LOTR). Before his roles as Magneto in X-Men and X2, and of course, as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, they might have heard of his singular 1995 Richard III, which he adapted, executive produced and starred in; and probably of his Oscar-nominated performance as James Whale in Gods and Monsters (1998). [More]