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.” – Ian Mckellen

“I often thought my gravestone would say, ‘Here lies Gandalf. He came out,'” – 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.” – Ian Mckellen

Acting is a very personal process.

“I’m dead against the idea that you should try to “cure” people of being gay.” – Ian Mckellen

“I’ve often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying this is fiction.” – 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.” – 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.” – Ian Mckellen

“I’ve had enough of being a gay icon! I’ve had enough of all this hard work, because, since I came out, I keep getting all these parts, and my career’s taken off. I want a quiet life. I’m going back into the closet. But I can’t get back into the closet, because it’s absolutely jam-packed full of other actors.”

I've had enough of being

“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.” – 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.” – Ian Mckellen

“You can always pick out stage actors at the Oscars: they know how to walk.” – 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.'” – Ian Mckellen

“I am very lucky to be man because women have a terrible time getting older parts. It’s much more difficult.” – Ian Mckellen

I am very lucky to be man

“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.” – 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.” – 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.” – 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.” – 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.” – Ian Mckellen

When you were on stage,

“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.” – 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.” – Ian Mckellen

“Splendid architecture, the love of your life, an old friend… they can all go drifting by unseen if youre not careful.” – Ian Mckellen

“There’s no sex in Middle Earth.” – Ian Mckellen

“My reaction to 3D is subtly. Things don’t come out at you, but rather you – The audience come into the film.” – Ian Mckellen

My reaction to 3D is subtly.

“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.” – 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.” – Ian Mckellen

“[There’s] nothing special about an actor’s imagination, except that he uses it a lot.” – 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.” – 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.” – Ian Mckellen

Acting is no longer about

“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.” – 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.” – Ian Mckellen

“The audience’s expectations are ever-present.” – Ian Mckellen

“The performance is created by the director. The actor is the material. And I think that has to be true.” – Ian Mckellen

“Every anti-gay remark from the Church gives the thug a license to be cruel.” – Ian Mckellen

Every anti-gay remark from

“Actors are merely the medium through which a story happens.” – Ian Mckellen

“All other areas of my life, I’m hopeless. I can’t even be certain how to boil an egg.” – Ian Mckellen

All other areas of my life,

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

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