‘I don’t think you’re ever the first choice’: Sir Ian McKellen almost missed out on The Lord of the Rings

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Sir Ian McKellen nearly missed out on the role of Gandalf in ‘The Lord of the Rings’. The legendary actor has revealed that he was not the first choice to play the wizard in the fantasy franchise and only landed the part because Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Sean Connery rejected the opportunity. Ian told Variety: “I don’t think you’re ever the first choice, I certainly wasn’t the first choice for Gandalf. “Tony Hopkins turned it down. Sean Connery certainly did. They’re all coming out of the woodwork now, and I hope they feel silly.” McKellen’s latest role is the acerbic theatre reviewer Jimmy …

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