Ian McKellen

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Ian McKellen

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.More Ian McKellen [05/11/2006 12:05:00]
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.More Ian McKellen [05/11/2006 12:05:00]
That was the big effect Lord of the Rings had on me. It was discovering New Zealand. And even more precious were the people- not at all like the Australians.More Ian McKellen [05/11/2006 12:05:00]
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.More Ian McKellen [05/11/2006 12:05:00]
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.More Ian McKellen [05/11/2006 12:05:00]
Long-held ambition.More Ian McKellen [05/11/2006 12:05:00]
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.More Ian McKellen [05/11/2006 12:05:00]
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.More Ian McKellen [05/11/2006 12:05:00]
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.More Ian McKellen [05/11/2006 12:05:00]
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.More Ian McKellen [07/27/2011 05:07:12]
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.More Ian McKellen [07/27/2011 05:07:22]
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!More Ian McKellen [07/27/2011 05:07:33]
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.More Ian McKellen [07/27/2011 05:07:39]
I was brought up in industrial south Lancashire, down the cobbled road from where LS Lowry (1887-1976) lived and painted.More Ian McKellen [07/27/2011 05:07:50]
So it's joyful to me, in my 71st year, to be able to be in a play that is absolutely right for my age and my experience, and that is a popular success. What more could you ask as an actor?More Ian McKellen [07/27/2011 05:07:54]
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.More Ian McKellen [07/27/2011 05:07:12]
There's no sex in Middle Earth.More Ian McKellen [07/27/2011 05:07:17]
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.More Ian McKellen [07/27/2011 05:07:47]
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.More Ian McKellen [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More Ian McKellen [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More Ian McKellen [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
That was the big effect Lord of the Rings had on me. It was discovering New Zealand. And even more precious were the people- not at all like the Australians.More Ian McKellen [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More Ian McKellen [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More Ian McKellen [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.'More Ian McKellen [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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