He acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "Too True To Be Good," in a the Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Judi Dench and John McEnery in the cast. Clifford Williams was director.
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Sir Ian McKellan | Sir Ian McKellen
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I don't think I'm top choice. In theatre - for Shakespeare - I'm quite near the top, but not for all directors. In film, I'm way, way down. Spielberg's never asked to work with me, Tarantino has never asked, Sam Mendes
has never asked. It isn't as if there's a long list of films I've turned down but there are plenty I wish I'd had a go at. That's the truth.
He has three Shakespearean roles in common with Laurence Olivier
in filmed performances: (1) Olivier played Hamlet in Hamlet
(1948) while McKellen played him in Hamlet
(1970), (2) Olivier played King Richard III in Richard III
(1955) while McKellen played him in Richard III
(1995) and (3) Olivier played King Lear in King Lear
(1983) while McKellen played him in King Lear
(2008). The two great ...
Distinctively calm style of speaking.