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

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 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 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 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'm cheaper than Anthony Hopkins. 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. Tony Hopkins didn't think it would be an adventure. Tony is part of Hollywood. I'm an eccentric English actor, and there's a lot of us around.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

I can't take on all the worries of the world, you know. I can only talk about being gay and being an actor. I'll have to leave those other battles to somebody else.

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 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 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 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

When you were on stage, you could be absolutely open about your emotions and indulge them and express yourself in a way that - in real life - I wasn't doing.

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 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

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 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 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 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 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

Splendid architecture, the love of your life, an old friend... they can all go drifting by unseen if youre not careful.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

When we'd suggested doing it, the Theatre Royal management had said, 'Nobody wants to see Waiting for Godot.' As it happened, every single ticket was booked for every single performance, and this confirmation that our judgment was right was sweet. Audiences came to us from all over the world. It was amazing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

You always think that 70 is the end of the road: 'Somebody died when they were 73; good life'. You're closer to death, and you better make sure you don't waste too much of your time doing things you don't want to do. No point in saying things you don't believe in.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

It was wrongly assumed that I wished to become some sort of leader among gay activists, whereas in reality I was happier to be a foot soldier.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

Personally, coming out was one of the most important things I've ever done, lifting from my shoulders the millstone of lies that I hadn't even realized I was carrying.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

There's no sex in Middle Earth.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Mckellen

We are very lucky to be men because women have a terrible time getting older parts. It's much more difficult.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

Ever since the invention of the camera, people have been trying to create 3D, because we see things in 3D, and everyone's aware that the camera doesn't.

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 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

On the day after 9/11, I walking through the smoke and the smells of New York. There were knots of policemen everywhere. As I went past one officer, he called out: "Hi, Magneto." That's an indication of X-Men's extraordinary reach.

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 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

All other areas of my life, I'm hopeless. I can't even be certain how to boil an egg.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

If you've got Mystique as your girlfriend the fun you could have in bed - I've just imagined X-Men 3 might open with me in bed with Patrick Stewart.

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 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

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 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

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 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 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

For old actors, just remember that inside you're only 14. Acting is for kids. You poor old grown-ups, you've forgotten how to do what kids know automatically.

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 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

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 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

As for the clarity of the 48 frames, I've heard people say that it looks odd, it's too demanding, there's too much information, you don't know where to look.

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 13 Sep

Ian Mckellen

I don't make much distinction between being a stand-up comic and acting Shakespeare - in fact, unless you're a good comedian, you're never going to be able to play Hamlet properly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Mckellen

It is so painful watching yourself act, particularly because you can't do anything about it, it's all done and dusted.

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.