Quotes by: Ian Mckellen

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I don't any longer make any quality judgement between theater and cinema. They are different experiences for the audience, and they also are for the actors - although they have a lot in common.
Ian Mckellen
If you are playing King Lear you are the centre of attention anyway. You don't need to draw attention to yourself. It's all laid out for you.
Ian Mckellen
It's an interesting but useless bit of information that every single character in 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' wears a wig, and many of them wears a prosthetic - false ears, feet, hands. In my case, nose.
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
I just followed my parents' example and advice on living, which was to leave the world a better place than you found it. They were professional do-gooders, ministers of the church, social workers, teachers, and missionaries, that sort of thing.
Ian Mckellen
Before I ever acted as an amateur - which I did a great deal at school and at university - I used to go to the theater with my parents in the north of England, where I was born and brought up... Theater of all sorts.
Ian Mckellen
I'm fortunate to be famous for two rather imposing characters like Magneto and Gandalf.
Ian Mckellen
The strength of British theatre should be that these actors in their middle years know what they're doing and are good at it. Not rich, not famous, but making a living.
Ian Mckellen
I think with Shakespeare you can be required to do absolutely anything at the turn of a sixpence - suddenly you go into a battle, suddenly you utter something passionate.
Ian Mckellen
I increasingly see organized religion as actually my enemy. They treat me as their enemy. Not all Christians, of course. Not all Jews, not all Muslims.
Ian Mckellen
I can't make up my mind whether I want to dance like Josef Brown or dance with Josef Brown.
Ian Mckellen
The wonderful thing about modern medicine is that so many of these complaints that used to signify old age and decline can be coped with.
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
The first film role I deliberately chose to play after I came out was a raging heterosexual, John Profumo.
Ian Mckellen
Even now, there are young actors who want careers as romantic leading men, and the best thing is not to reveal you're gay.
Ian Mckellen
Why do you act? You act for an audience. In the theatre, you're in their presence. Film stars don't know what it is to have an audience.
Ian Mckellen
The one thing you can ask, I think, is that actors get paid a living wage. I would like it if all the repertory theatres that currently exist could do that. It would make a huge difference.
Ian Mckellen
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