JOURNEY OF MAN
Directed by Keith Melton
Narrated by Ian McKellen
I have always been intrigued by the special demands of acting invisibly on radio, concentrating a character into his voice. Narration has an extra limitation - too much personality can be at odds with the story being told. Journey of Man was a test of my modesty; I was not required to be a character — not even my own — rather a disembodied voice. Nothing had to distract from the shapes and moods of the circus athletes of the Cirque du Soleil company.
John Schlesinger took me to see them perform in a tent on Santa Monica Beach in the late 1990s and I am now glad to be a supporting part of their cinematic debut. As for IMAX — I wish the viewing glasses were less heavy on the bridge of the nose and I think Siegfried and Roy (1999) was easily the funniest movie I've ever seen and that includes the sonorous narration by a fellow acting knight. — Ian McKellen, June 2000