He acted in Thomas Otway's play, "Venice Preserv'D," in a British National Theatre production at the Lyttelton Theatre in London, England with Jane Lapotaire, Brewster Mason, Michael Pennington, Stephanie Beacham, Edward De Souza, and Hugh Paddick in the cast. Peter Gill was director.
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I looked down from my terrace hanging over the Thames one morning. It was low tide and there, stranded on the pebbles, was a four-legged corpse - hairless, white and bloated. Was it a calf or a sheep or a goat or a dog? I stared at it until the tide rose and washed it away. For 24 hours I was off my food. When I started eating again, I couldn't face meat - fresh or tinned. Overnight I was ...
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.