Ian McKellen on:
I had begun acting in the annual school plays and in between with local amateur dramatic clubs. That and theatre-going were the only passions of my youth. As for cinema, my parents seemed to have some puritan aversion to it - but what films I saw all seem to have been American. I cried for Bambi, had nightmares about the Wicked Witch of the West. I fell in love with Margaret O'Brien and Elizabeth Taylor - just a heterosexual phase I was going through - then it was Montgomery Clift, Robert Taylor, James Dean and Sal Mineo.