He played Richard III in William Shakespeare's play, "Richard III" in a Royal National Theatre production at the Lyttelton Theatre in London, England and Tour with Brian Cox (Buckingham), Peter Jeffrey, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Susan Engel, Clare Higgins, Eve Matheson, Richard O'Callaghan, Mark Strong, David Bradley, Sam Beazley, ...
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Sir Ian McKellan | Sir Ian McKellen
5' 11" (1.8 m)
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In theatre, I have been able to take parts I didn't think I could do - you have time to rehearse and learn. In movies, they want you to do what they know you can do - there isn't the time.
"The Bells of Hell Go Ting-a-ling-a-ling" (with Gregory Peck
) in 1966 would have been his feature film debut but for the hostile snowy Swiss location weather. The production, a World War I film with a script by Roald Dahl
to be directed by David Miller
, was abandoned after 5 weeks filming.
Distinctively calm style of speaking