He acted in Christopher Marlowe's play, "Edward II," and William Shakespeare's play, "Richard II," in a Prospect Theatre Company production at the Mermaid Theatre in London, England with James Laurenson, Trevor Martin, Timothy West, Paul Hardwick, Robert Eddison, Diane Fletcher, David Calder, Lucy Fleming, Richard Morant, ...
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Sir Ian McKellan | Sir Ian McKellen
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I've had enough of being a gay icon! I've had enough of all this hard work, because, since I came out, I keep getting all these parts, and my career's taken off. I want a quiet life. I'm going back into the closet. But I can't get back into the closet, because it's absolutely jam-packed full of other actors.
Before performing the role of Gandalf, he listened to a recording of J.R.R. Tolkien
reading Gandalf lines from the novel. He used this as a base for creating the character, and imitated the accent used by Tolkien in the recording.
Rich yet flawless voice, combined with Shakespearean bearing