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Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen [20]


Born:May 25, 1939 (82)
Filmography Rating:7.73 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.93 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.33 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:79.99%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Scarlet Pimpernel [1982](43) => Chauvelin
Last Action Hero [1993](54) => Death
X-Men [2000](61) => Magneto / Eric Lensherr
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [2001](62) => Gandalf the Grey
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [2002](63) => Gandalf the Grey
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition [2002](63) => Gandalf the Grey
X2 (X-Men 2: X-Men United) [2003](64) => Magneto / Eric Lensherr
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [2003](64) => Gandalf the Grey
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Extended Edition [2003](64) => Gandalf the Grey
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Extended Edition [2004](65) => Gandalf the Grey
X-Men: The Last Stand [2006](67) => Eric Lehnsherr / Magneto
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [2012](73) => Gandalf
The Wolverine [2013](74) => Magneto (uncredited)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition [2013](74) => Gandalf
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [2013](74) => Gandalf
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Extended Edition [2014](75) => Gandalf
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [2014](75) => Gandalf
X-Men: Days of Future Past [2014](75) => Magneto
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: Extended Edition [2015](76) => Gandalf
Beauty and the Beast [2017](78) => Cogsworth

Trivia that mentions this person:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 [2011]
  • When [?] David Heyman was asked if there were any actors that he wished had been in the series but never were, he answered Eileen Atkins, Ian McKellen, [?] Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Craig, James McAvoy and [?] Anne-Marie Duff. He now wished to work with them in future projects. Daniel Radcliffe would have loved to see Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Stephen Fry (the narrator of the UK Harry Potter audio-books.)
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [2004]
  • Ian McKellen turned down the role of Dumbledore. Having appeared as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, he said, "I had enough trouble living up to one legend. Two would be too much to hope for."
  • After the death of Richard Harris, many actors were considered for the vacant role of Albus Dumbledore. Christopher Lee was in the frame for a while, and there was a rumor (reported in many newspapers) that Ian McKellen was also considered. The Harris family wanted Peter O'Toole for the role but O'Toole declined. Richard Attenborough also lobbied for the role but was ultimately turned down.
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [2001]
  • Gandalf's painful encounter with a ceiling beam in Bilbo's hobbit-hole was not in the script - Ian McKellen banged his forehead against the beam accidentally, not on purpose. But Peter Jackson thought McKellen did a great job "acting through" the mistake, and so kept it in.
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition [2002]
  • Gandalf's painful encounter with a ceiling beam in Bilbo's hobbit-hole was not in the script - Ian McKellen banged his forehead against the beam accidentally, not on purpose. But Peter Jackson thought McKellen did a great job "acting through" the mistake, and so kept it in.
    Mission: Impossible-2 (M:I-2) [2000]
  • The part of Mission Commander Swanbeck was originally offered to Ian McKellen. He was not able to accept the role, due to a prior theatre engagement in London.
    X-Men: The Last Stand [2006]
  • Ian McKellen (Eric Lensherr/Magneto) and Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Xavier) had 20 years shaved off their features for the opening sequence. The filmmakers used digital technology to match current features to those in old photos. Stewart's "de-aged" effect in the opening scene was based on publicity photos from the first season of [Star Trek: The Next Generation].
    X-Men: Days of Future Past [2014]
  • According to Bryan Singer, he could only get the film started with confidence once Hugh Jackman and Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen agreed to return.
  • Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were performing in a touring production of "Waiting for Godot" when Bryan Singer approached the actors about reprising their respective roles as Professor X and Magneto. According to McKellen, both men were utterly shocked as they thought they'd passed their roles on to James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, and would never play the characters again. Both Stewart and McKellen were delighted to return to two of their most popular roles, and to work with the younger actors playing the same characters as well.
  • Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender, who play the future/past versions of Professor Xavier and Magneto, have all played the title role in film adaptations of Macbeth.
  • This film ties a record previously held by The Dark Knight Rises for the most Academy Award-nominated actors in a single comic book movie. While The Dark Knight Rises starred seven nominees with an additional nominee appearing via archive footage (eight in total), this film features eight: Halle Berry, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Lerner, Ian McKellen, Elliot Page and Anna Paquin.
  • Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen had makeup applied to look twenty years older than their actual age. They had previously had digital makeup applied to look twenty years younger in X-Men: The Last Stand.
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [2014]
  • Lee Pace's parents visited him on set and subsequently Peter Jackson offered them to be extras in the film. They were given roles as Laketown villagers and filmed a scene with Ian McKellen. However, according to Pace, they were cut out of the film, because his father was "hamming it up" during his scene.
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: Extended Edition [2015]
  • Lee Pace's parents visited him on set and subsequently Peter Jackson offered them to be extras in the film. They were given roles as Laketown villagers and filmed a scene with Ian McKellen. However, according to Pace, they were cut out of the film, because his father was "hamming it up" during his scene.
    Tarzan [1999]
  • Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were both seriously considered for Clayton before Brian Blessed auditioned for it, the directors felt his deep booming voice would be perfect for the character.
    X-Men: Apocalypse [2016]
  • The film released on May 25, birthday of Sir Ian McKellen who originated Magneto's role.
    The Wolverine [2013]
  • Ian McKellen's cameo as Magneto marks the first time in 10 years that he has played both Magneto and Gandalf in the same year. X-Men 2 was released in the same year as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, while this film was released in the same year as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
    Logan [2017]
  • Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Magneto in the X-Men films, had expressed interest in appearing in this film.
    Beauty and the Beast [2017]
  • Sir Ian McKellen originally turned down the voice of Cogsworth in the original Beauty and the Beast.
    X2 (X-Men 2: X-Men United) [2003]
  • Ian McKellen (Magneto) worked with screenwriters to make the scene in which Bobby Drake (Ice Man) tells his parents he is a mutant to look more like a common gay "coming-out" scene.
    The Scarlet Pimpernel [1982]
  • Sir Ian McKellen and Timothy Carlton appear in this movie. Decades later, McKellen appeared in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), along with Carlton's son, Benedict Cumberbatch.
    Ice Age [2002]
  • Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Kiefer Sutherland, Toby Stephens, Kevin Spacey, Liam Neeson, Tommy Lee Jones, Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Tim Curry, Ian McKellen & Lance Henriksen were all considered for the role of Diego before Denis Leary was cast.