Rumour, 31 May 2006: From
SuperHeroHype: Bruno Confirms McKellen in Magneto. Source:
'Antony' tells us he got to chat with X-Men: The Last Stand visual
effects supervisor John Bruno about both Magneto and Fantastic Four 2:
"I didn't know if you were interested but I can confirm that Ian McKellen
will be playing Magneto in the prequel. I was told this by John
Bruno at a screening of X3. The company who worked on X3 to deage
them is also going to be doing the Mags prequel. According to John,
Ian is really excited."
Fact: "I am a total fan of John
his dedication to the X-Men
films and his achievements in The Last
Stand are exemplary. As on screen, he has made the
impossible possible and the fantastic believable and the dreamworld
actual, I am going to accept that John's rumour may well turn out to be
true. In the meantime, this is the first I have heard of it. I
suppose that the huge success of the third film makes it more likely that
prequels, sequels, and spin-offs may now be in the planning."
— Ian McKellen, 1 June 2006
Rush Hour 3?
Rumour, 29 May 2006:
Director Brett Ratner has fleshed out his
wishlist for his upcoming sequel 'Rush Hour 3' by claiming that he is
trying to convince Sir Ian McKellen to play the villain in the film.
According to Ratner, McKellen, should he sign up to star alongside Jackie
Chan and Chris Tucker for the film, would play "the very bad French
villain, who is inspired by Max Von Sydow in Three Days of the Condor".
Fact: "Who am I to contradict a
director, and one so currently blooming as Brett Ratner?"
— Ian McKellen, 1 June 2006
Birthday in France?
Rumour, 26 May 2006: Movie & Entertainment News provided by
World Entertainment News Network 2006-05-26 12:57:44: Actor SIR IAN
McKELLEN has reached the prime of his life at the age of 67. The actor
celebrated his birthday at the Cannes Film Festival in France yesterday
(25MAY06), partying like a teenager.
Fact: "Not true - in fact I
partied like a 67-year-old!"
— Ian McKellen, 1 June 2006
Rumour, 3 May 2005: "Hi, I'm a reporter working on the North West
Evening Mail and we cover Grange-over-Sands where it is rumoured that Sir
Ian has a holiday home."
Fact: "I haven't lived up north
since 1958 when I left Bolton in Lancashire for Cambridge University. I
often visit Cumbria where my step-mother lives but it's her house not
mine. It's always exhilarating to be near Morecambe Bay and the mountains
of the Lake District National Park." — Ian McKellen, 5 May 2005
Rumour, 10 July 2004: "I have heard rumors that you tried out for
the role of Prof. X in X-MEN. Is this true?"
Fact: "No: and anyway I'm pretty
sure Patrick Stewart was already cast before I was asked to play Magneto.
" — Ian McKellen, 19 July 2004
Rumour, 17 July 2004:
"There seems to not be alot of news on x-men 3 at moment, they seem slow
in making this 3rd installment, wondered if you knew to why the such
delay.Some say that X3 and X4 will be filmed together much like the matrix
It Cool News reports that Bryan Singer and his writers on
are signed to make the next Superman movie. Where that leaves any
X-Men sequels remains a puzzle which not even Magneto can solve."
— Ian McKellen, 19 July 2004
Rumour, 20 June 2004: "Is it true that Sir
Ian refused to be in Bill Condon's latest film
Kinsey. Has he
fallen out with the director of
Gods and Monsters?"
Fact: "Not at all! An early
draft of Kinsey had an interesting part for me in support of Liam
Neeson but as it didn't survive through to the shooting script, I was
robbed of the chance of working again with Bill and with Liam for the
first time. The character was to have introduced the film and was loosely
based on Clarence Tripp, who worked with Kinsey and wrote the landmark
book The Homosexual Matrix. Bill had interviewed him while
researching the script, before Tripp died last year. I saw an early cut of
the film at Oscar time and found it a rivetting and timely account of
America's waking up to the existence of gay men in the population."
— Ian McKellen, 24 June 2004
Rumour, 29 May 2004: Is it true that you are going to make a Canadian
independent movie in British Columbia soon? After making Carl Bessai's
Emile there, will you enjoy
being back in Canada?
Fact: "In September 2004, I am
scheduled to act in Neverwas, scripted and directed by Joshua
Stern. Like many American movies these days, this will shoot in British
Columbia, one of my favourite parts of the world."
— Ian McKellen, 7 June 2004
[Webmaster's note: Click here for more
Rumour, 1 June 2004: I was recently told that Ian McKellen will be playing
Fuyutsuki in a live-action adaptation of the anime series
Evangelion. Is this true?
Fact: "First I've heard of it." —
Ian McKellen, 14 June 2004
Rumour, 20 May 2004: I read that Sir Ian has
said that he could imagine being many things in life but could not imagine
being a Canadian. Could you tell me where the quote was from and/or the
Fact: "This is news to me but as it
sounds like an attempt at a joke at Canada's expense, it probably
originated in USA." — Ian McKellen, 7 June 2004
[Webmaster's note: Actually, the quote was
taken — out of context — from
this interview in The Independent. The actual quote, referring
to acting: "I can imagine what it's like to cast spells or have
superpowers. But imagining what it's like to be Canadian? No. You'd need
experience for something like that."]
Rumour, 21 May 2004: From the X-MEN trivia
IMDb. This true?
Ian McKellen was initially reluctant to
accept the role of Magneto, but was won over when he saw the costume he
was to wear.
Fact: "When Bryan Singer first
talked to me about playing Magneto, he sent me some back copies of the
X-Men comics. It's true I liked the style of the illustrations though
I had been warned that the film would look quite different and so would
the costuming of the mutants. I am not unused to wearing tights after the
many plays I have done which were set in the Elizabethan period. However,
as it would have been nigh-impossible for me to adopt the original
Magneto's bulky physique, I was relieved that his clothes were not going
to be skintite.
"Louise Mingenbach, who designed
Magneto's day clothes and his fighting uniform, showed me her preliminary
sketches and I made a few suggestions during the fittings.
"From the start, what
attracted me to the film was its story and its characters."
— Ian McKellen, 28 May 2004
Rumour, 16 April 2004: "I
don't believe everything I read at 'Contact Music' so I wonder if
you can confirm or deny the
story they ran, reporting
McKELLEN'S SNORING DISTRACTS THEATRE-GOERS:
Movie actor SIR IAN McKELLEN was caught napping during a London stage
performance on Wednesday - and snored so loudly he distracted the
entire auditorium. The LORD OF THE RINGS star, 64, was sitting in the
audience for the opening night of THE HOLY TERROR at the DUKE OF YORK'S
THEATRE in the capital, when his snoring could be heard reverberating
round the venue. A source says, 'Some people looked around to see where
the noise was coming from. He must have slept for about 20 minutes.' "
Fact: "I have never been
known to snore — ask whoever you can find! As for snoozing in the
theatre, think of it. At the end of a long day's work, you settle down in
a comfy seat and they turn the lights off. I have slept through many a
distinguished production. The only satisfactory aspect of this report is
that my age was reported correctly." — Ian
McKellen, 4 May 2004
Rumour, 27 January 2004: "I have recently
been informed by a colleague of mine that Ian McKellen has gone on record
stating that he would quit his membership of the Academy if Lost In
Translation were to win an Oscar. Is this true? If so what are McKellen's
objections to the movie?"
Fact: "Lost in
Translation is a very fine movie which I relished for its script,
direction and acting. Anyone who has been lonely working abroad will feel
the same. I wish Ms Coppola and her cast the very best."
— Ian McKellen, 28 January 2004
Rumour, 7 November 2003: "The Daily Mail (in
their Wicked Whispers column) report that 'Ian McKellen infuriated
fellow thesp Orlando Bloom at Tuesday night's British Independent Film
Awards when he said he'd turned up in the hope of a snog from his fellow
Lord of the Rings star. A furious Bloom retorted afterwards: "I'm
not gay. I've got a girlfriend." ' This is untrue isn't it?"
Fact: On 5 November at the British
Independent Film Awards, the Variety UK Personality of the Year Award was
presented to Ian McKellen at Hammersmith Palais by Orlando Bloom. They sat
at the same table and caught up on each other’s news.
Bloom gave a charming
speech to which McKellen replied. His self-deprecating remarks began: “I’m
not quite sure why I have been honoured in this way but perhaps the
organisers realised that I would go anywhere for a free drink and a chance
to kiss Orlando!” Much laughter and no complaints from Bloom, who accepted
the joke as a compliment. Indeed, next day he called to thank McKellen for
inviting him to the Awards and said how much he was looking forward to
meeting up again at the world premiere of Lord of the Rings: Return of
the King on 1 December in New Zealand.
Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom meet the press after the BIFA ceremonies
Rumour, 24 August 2003: "The BBC recently
reported that you were born in Salford. Your website
says you were born in Burnley. Well?"
Fact: "Salford is adjacent to
Manchester and is the birthplace of Albert Finney. I have never lived
there! I was born in Burnley, then lived in Wigan (1939-52) and
Bolton (1952-58) — all, like Manchester and Salford, in the County of
Lancashire, in northwest England." — Ian McKellen, 25 August 2003
Rumour, 2 August 2003: "There is a trailer
floating around stating that Peter Jackson is directing THE HOBBIT, which
is to star Ian Holm, Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis and will be opening in
December of 2006. Is there any truth to this rumor?"
Fact: "This rumour is wishful
thinking perhaps encouraged by my oft-expressed notion that PJ should at
least oversee a screen adaptation of The Hobbit, whose rights are
currently held by New Line Cinema and MGM/UA. I think it would make a
stunning long-running television serial, including a great deal more plot
detail than is advisable in even a 9-hour trilogy." — Ian
McKellen, 3 August 2003
Rumour, 4 July 2003: There are rumors that
Sir Ian was to have played Adama in the cancelled Singer/DeSanto TV movie
of "Battlestar Galactica." Is there any basis in fact to these rumors?
Fact: "I scarcely knew about "BG"
until it was cancelled and still know little about it. Any Singer/DeSanto
project gets my interest." — Ian McKellen, 3 August 2003
Rumour, 13 July 2003: "I was reading on a
British theatre website that Ian McKellen and Alan Rickman would be
starring in the Royal Shakespeare Co.'s Summer Season 2003. Is this true?"
Fact: "It is true that I have recently
talked to Michael Boyd, the new Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare
Company, about his plans for Stratford-upon-Avon, where the RSC has its
home base. I hope it mightn't be too long before I return to the RSC,
where I enjoyed working so much when Trevor Nunn was in charge, but I have
no plans to be back there this year. I cannot answer for Alan Rickman,
although I hear Judi Dench will be." — Ian McKellen, 22 July 2003
Rumour, 12 April 2003: "i heard that Ian and
Christoper (saruman) got in to a fight in public, in london and almost
killed each other. plz tell me this isnt true"
Fact: "Wherever The Fellowship of the
Ring is screened, Gandalf and Saruman fight. Elsewhere Christopher Lee
and I are best of pacific friends." — Ian McKellen, 14 April 2003
Rumour, 12 December 2002: "Hi, there's a
rumor going around at my work that Sir Ian McKellen has recently died. Is
this true? I certainly hope not."
Fact: Ian McKellen is alive and well.
This rumour seemed to start circulating after the death of Richard Harris,
who played the wizard "Dumbledore" in the Harry Potter movies, on 25
October 2002 at the age of 72.
Rumour, 14 November 2002: "There's a rumour
on the Net that Sir Ian is going to play Professor Dumbledore in the next
Harry Potter movie, following the sad passing of Richard Harris. Is this
true? It would be wonderful if it IS true, but I know how easily these
rumours start, so I'm not getting too excited yet! Perhaps you could just
let me know "officially"? (Maybe he doesn't want to be typecast as an
elderly man with a flowing white beard!) Thanks."
Fact: Ian McKellen has NOT agreed to succeed
the late Richard Harris in the role of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter
movies. He has expressed interest in perhaps playing a different
role some time in the future of the series.
Rumour, 9 January 2003: "i know that on this
site it confirms that sir ian will not be playing dumbledore in the
forthcoming harry potter films, but on imdb.com there is a later dated
article claiming that he has been confirmed in the role. i'm sure you're
tired of these questions by now but i would appreciate a confirmation or
otherwise and i'm sure me and many other fans of the harry potter films
and ian mckellen would appreciate this information being changed on
imdb.com, a usually reliable site, now has him in the cast list for the
next HP film, and possibly you would be the right person to make this
request to them. many thanks for any information or help. "
11 January 2003
Dear concerned mailer,
I have not been offered Dumbledore but
another knight is considering it.
From the actor who plays Gandalf for
[Webmaster's Note: Warner Bros has announced
the role of Professor Dumbledore will be played by Michael Gambon in
upcoming HARRY POTTER films.]
Rumour, 6 December 2002: "I recently, as in
two hours ago, heard from my friend that she heard on the radio that Ian
McKellen got married. I am Ian's number one fan, trust me, I am, and this
news came as quite a shock (and a wonderful surprise). I was searching the
internet trying to verify the news, and all I could find was an article
saying that Ian and Nick were going to get married, but were not married
yet, obviously. If you have any answers for me as to whether they are
going to get married or are married, I would greatly appreciate an email
back. The suspense is really killing me."
Fact: Ian McKellen has no plans to get
married. Do not believe everything (or perhaps anything) you read in "The
Globe," the US tabloid that spread this rumour.
Rumour, 6 December 2002: "My mother recently
told me that she'd heard you on an interview while you were in Canada...i
think it was B.C. or something. I've also heard rumours that u like it
here so much you're thinking of moving here? Is that true, cuz that would
be pretty cool, we have a serious lacking in recognizable actors here,
they all seem to move OUT of the country!"
Fact: Ian McKellen has spent a lot of time
in Canada recently, filming
Emile. London is
still his home, and he has no plans to live permanently in Canada.
Rumor, 22 October 2002: "I have heard a
rumor that Ian McKellen is going to be in a new film with John Malkovich
in 2003 called Borgia, is this true?"
Fact: Ian McKellen has no plans to be
involved in the project.
Rumour, 13 August 2002: "I heard on
the news that you are allergic to wheat gluten, and have started your own
Gluten Free food line. Is this true?!"
Fact: Sir Ian is NOT allergic to wheat and
does not have any plans for a line of food.
Rumour, 11 January 2003: "I recently bought the FotR Extended DVD, and
while I was listening to the Audio Commentary, Sir Ian states that he's a
homosexual. I'm pretty sure he was joking, but because you can't see his
face and he doesn't laugh or anything I thought I might as well ask."
Fact: As you will see throughout this
Activism etc.), Sir Ian is not just openly gay, but also an activist
for gay civil rights.
Just a Rumour
Rumour, July 2003: "Is it true that The Pope
is a woman - i mean what a bitch! and look at her frocks! do u think it
matters what His Holiness thinks says or prays about? I mean look at the
guys who elected him! Wouldn't you like to play a pope? Serena the First
in white satin."
Reply: "It is difficult to work out
the Vatican's motives for wording this latest outburst so savagely. Are
they genuinely scared of us gays like they used to be of the godless
Communists? They certainly scare me. The cardinalia are spoiling for a
fight which they believe they can win. As a non-believer I haven't been
over-impressed by the Christian declarations from The White House and
Number Ten and I preferred it when Pope John was opposing the invasion of
"At the very highest levels of the
Vatican Papal circle I am told by an impeccably placed third party, a
cardinal has regular sex with a lay employee in the Papal city. There are
apparently lengthy gaps between sex for the cardinal to re-confess and
clear his conscience. Celibacy must be a taxing state of mind. A man who
hides his true nature behind the purple doesn't respect himself. He can
love his neighbour only as much as he loves himself and that's little.
Even if it's just a rumour, it's a major example of hypocrisy and of
homophobia - a condition which affects gays as much as anybody else.
"I think a female pope would be fun.
How can anyone take for the gospel, the views of such a male enclave? The
UK military were just as bad about admitting gays, who have now been
uneventfully welcomed into the ranks. Along with the US High Command, the
Pope's contempt for gay people and their passions must be the last
harrumph of the uncertain male, the action of a bully. I watch this latest
episode of international aggression, appalled at how cruel men can be.
"These are violent times." —
Ian McKellen, 3 August 2003