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By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

My acting stopped being about disguise and became about truth which suits the camera, so my film career took off when I came out.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

The thing you notice here after America is how refreshingly ordinary people look, because they haven't had their chin wrapped around the back of their ears.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

I think if I were asked to do as many as fifty takes, I would assume the director had no idea what he wanted, and was just hoping, eventually, to see it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

I tend to discourage people from calling me 'Sir Ian,' because I don't like being separated out from the rest of the population. Of course, it can be useful if you're writing an official letter, like trying to get a visa or something passed through Parliament. They're impressed by these things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

I'm a latecomer to popular TV. This is rather new to me, being in a sitcom. It's been an ambition of mine.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

That's the imagination that happens in the theater. That imagination is translated in film by the film magicians and all the technology.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

Why live outside the US? Do you want health care or safe food products or democracy or something? They're all overrated. Stay for the excellent cable TV.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

Every anti-gay remark from the Church gives the thug a license to be cruel.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

Acting is no longer about lying. It's now about revealing the truth. People are at ease with me now. Honesty is the best policy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

There's no sex in Middle Earth.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

Try and understand what part you have to play in the world in which you live. There's more to life than you know and it's all happening out there. Discover what part you can play and then go for it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

My memory of 3D movies is Fernando Lamas in a swashbuckling movie. And I suppose it had been the fifties, in which swords came out at you, bullets came out at you, things were thrown into the auditorium, apparently. All that sort of cheap, "Oh, look at us, we've got 3D" isn't in the film.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

Baz [Luhrmann] paid me one of the greatest compliments ever. I don't know him, really, but when I first met him I was congratulating him on ROMEO + JULIET - which I think is a wonderful adaptation - and he said, "Oh, well we couldn't have done it without your RICHARD III, which was an inspiration!" I've never quite checked up on the dates to see whether or if, in fact, we did our film before he did his.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

2D looks so flat. Well, it is, of course, it's flat. But 3D isn't. And for an adventure story that takes you into a long-distant, fictional world, it's ideal, I think.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

No one needs to feel sorry for me or anyone else who has fallen victim to success.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

I think the point to be understood is that we're all different. I've never been a fan of theories of acting. I didn't go to drama school, so I was never put through a training that was limited by someone saying, 'This is the way you should act.'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

Journalists often ask me: "Aren't you sorry that after all the work you've done, you're best known as Magneto and Gandalf?" But that's what I've always wanted - not to be known as myself. I want to draw attention to the characters.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

A few years ago, a friend said to me: "You do realize, Ian, when X-Men and Lord of the Rings come out, your life will totally change?" I didn't know what he was talking about, but he was right. My life has totally changed - but in a good way. Unbeknownst to me, it's given me a lot more confidence.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

It may be my rather puritanical upbringing at odds with my inborn laziness that makes me feel guilty at the end of the day, unless I am able to point at some achievement. But this need be no more impressive than cooking a meal or going for a long walk.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

If I was on a march at the moment I would be saying to everyone: Be honest with each other. Admit there are limitless possibilities in relationships, and love as many people as you can in whatever way you want, and get rid of your inhibitions, and we'll all be happy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

I have never wanted to be typecast, one of those actors who plays a variation on a one-note theme. So just as I enjoy playing a wide variety of characters, from good to bad to ugly to cute - so I have enjoyed of late working in film and television, as well as in theatres of various sizes and shapes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

Macbeth is a very popular play with audiences. If you want to sell out a theater, just mount a production of Macbeth. It's a short play, it's an exciting play, it's easy to understand, and it attracts great acting.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

It's only fair that stable gay relationships of long standing should have the same rights and responsibilities as married couples. I know the image of gay marriage is to some people horrific and ludicrous.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

I am going around British secondary schools, as a gay man talking about my life, and encouraging schools to get rid of homophobic bullying and to care for their gay members of staff and their gay students.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

If you're sounding right, you're probably walking right, and vice versa. If you get the footwork right - if you get even one line right in a rehearsal, the director will say, do you know when you said that, it was exactly the character. You were - really landed on it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

In the theatre, the actor is in total control. The director wasn't in the house last night, the designer wasn't there, the author's dead. It's just us and the audience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

I'm dead against the idea that you should try to "cure" people of being gay.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

Before acting, I wanted to become a journalist. I also toyed with the idea of being a chef - but that's only when people asked me what I wanted to be. In fact, I always used to say I wanted to be an actor, but I didn't ever believe that I was good enough to be come one.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

I've played an awful lot of people that other people would call villains, but that isn't a very helpful attitude to have if you're about to play them. They are just people, and they may do dreadful things and say dreadful things, but your job as an actor is to know why they do them or say them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

My reaction to 3D is subtly. Things don't come out at you, but rather you - The audience come into the film.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

It's a joy to be up close to Derek Jacobi's work. Alas, we haven't worked very much, over the years, since we were at university together, but I don't think I've missed many of his great shows and performances.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

The performance is created by the director. The actor is the material. And I think that has to be true.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

I've always longed for the theatre and acting to be popular. No actor wants to play to an empty house. We only do it for an audience. The more the merrier. I don't make any distinction between a popular TV series or blockbuster film and doing Shakespeare. They're different, but as long as the material is good and the intention is honourable, it's all the same to me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

I often thought my gravestone would say, 'Here lies Gandalf. He came out,'

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

Godot is whatever it is in life that you are waiting for: 'I'm waiting to win the lottery. I'm waiting to fall in love'. For me, as a child, it was Christmas. At least that eventually came.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

There are directors, and I think this is true of all directors, it would be true if I was a director - If the actor didn't want to do what I was suggesting, I would let him do it his way, and then I would say to him, "Just give me one where you do what the director wants", and that, of course, is the take that's used.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

I headed out to have a breather at the stage door, dressed in my tramp costume. I had my bowler hat between my feet and there were passers-by, and one of them turned back and said, 'Do you need help, brother?' And $1 fell into my hat!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

To know you are in the company with people who love and care for each other, as well as for whatever they are working on, is almost essential.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

There are not many things in my life I can be absolutely proud of or certain I got right, but one of them is that I've got better as an actor. I've learnt how to do it. And I still have enough energy to do it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

I think it's one thing to declare your sexuality, if you care about what that is. It's another thing to start talking in public about what you do in private and who you do it with. It's not that they [my significant others] don't want to be identified as gay, but that they don't want to be identified as ... with me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

Quite low down in the list is "How much am I going to be paid?"... my main feeling about money is that I don`t want to feel as though I`m being taken advantage of... The other actors they asked to play Gandalf wouldn`t go to New Zealand on that money for that length of time. I thought it would be a bit of an adventure... I`m an eccentric actor, and there`s a lot of us around.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

I suspect the base that I'm working from is not particularly one of inquiry, but of memory of what I did last time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

When you're on stage with an audience, the director's nowhere to be seen. He's onto the next job.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

In fact, my face has shrunk in the meantime, but it won't be particularly noticeable because it's covered up with hair. So I hope I'm not alarmed if I ever do sit through the five movies.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

Acting is a very personal process. It has to do with expressing your own personality, and discovering the character you're playing through your own experience - so we're all different.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

What I particularly like about Broadway is the camaraderie and the friendship of other people in other shows. Everybody knows you're opening and cares about you. There's a real village atmosphere.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

In the old-fashioned sitcoms, to be gay was, in itself, funny, and you laughed at the characters rather than with them.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

You would be surprised how many directors don't know what they want. They might not know what they want until they see it, they might know what they want but no idea how to get it out of the actor, then you've both got a problem.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

The demographic of our audience is young. It also contains a high proportion of black, Jewish and gay people, who have all been encouraged by society to think of themselves as oddities or mutants. I hope that's why X-Men chimes with them - it's certainly why I was attracted to the idea in the first place.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

Elijah looks angelic but his beauty of spirit is what makes his Frodo leap out of the screen. Unalloyed goodness is one of the most difficult attributes to act.