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McKellen in Lord of the Rings -
Fellowship of the Ring.
About Ian McKellen (1939 – )
Ian McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lanashire, England.
In a Shakespearian play is how Ian McKellen got his start his first role, as Malvolio in TWELFTH NIGHT.
Working mostly in theater, brought Ian McKellen fame, recognition and knighthood by Queen Elizabeth in 1990 for his efforts in the arts.
Bruce Davison and Ian McKellen have been in four films together: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (1993), APT PUPIL (1998), X-MEN (2000) and X2 (2003). The first of these is the only one not directed by Bryan Singer.
Preparing for his role of Gandalf, Ian McKellen listened to a recording of Tolkien reading Gandalf lines from the novel. McKellen used this as a base for creating the character, and imitated the accent used by Tolkien in the recording.
For Ian McKellen's role in THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy he had to wear a prosthetic nose.
The phrase "old friend" has been used in both the X-MEN and THE LORD OF THE RINGS. In both cases Ian McKellen said it to Christopher Lee as Saurman in the LORD OF THE RINGS and Patrick Stewart as Xavier in X-MEN it is said to an ally who has become a nemesis and "old friend" is said mockingly.
In APT PUPIL Ian McKellen played an ex-Nazi soldier, and in X-MEN he was an ex-Jewish prisoner.
Along with the other members of the fellowship in THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING Ian McKellen received a tattoo of the Elvish character for 9.
Ian McKellen's notable movie credits include...
THE ACADEMY (2009)
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD (2007)
FLUSHED AWAY (2006)
X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (2006)
THE DA VINCI CODE (2006)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (2002)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)
GODS AND MONSTERS (1998)
COLD COMFORT FARM (1995)
THE SHADOW (1994)
LAST ACTION HERO (1993)
THE PROMISE (1969)
Ian McKellen in X2.