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Why Ian McKellen turned down Gandalf

November 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm by xoanon  - 

Sir Ian McKellen initially said no to Gandalf and only scored the pivotal Lord of the Rings role thanks to a chance meeting in a restaurant. While it’s almost inconceivable to imagine wizened wizard Gandalf being played by anyone else, McKellen says shooting for The Fellowship of the Ring – the first film in Peter Jackson’s blockbuster trilogy – clashed with another role he’d signed up for in 2000.

The frank admission comes in a new Lord of the Rings 10-year anniversary special in the December edition of Empire magazine, in which McKellen admits Gandalf was “the role of a lifetime” – but he initially turned down Jackson’s offer. More..

Posted in Ian McKellen, Movie Fellowship of the Ring, Movie Return of the King, Movie The Two Towers on November 8, 2011 by
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One response to “Why Ian McKellen turned down Gandalf”

  1. Tauriel says:

    Isn’t this similar to what happened with Martin Freeman? That he initially said no and then they adjusted the filming schedule to allow for Martin’s other commitment (Sherlock)?

    Talk about history repeating itself… 😀

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