9 December 2012 1:12 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ian McKellen mesmerised us as a classical actor, but his portrayal of Tolkien's Gandalf has made him a global superstar. Here, he talks to Euan Ferguson about wizards, why the world is a more accepting place and the joy of owning a pub

It's not quite a hole in the ground and Gandalf is not – yet – blowing complex smoke rings of dragons chasing pirate ships, but there is a still a welcomely ruminative, smoky, timeless ambience. We are sitting, Mr McKellen and I – he's not one of those who goes too big on the "Sir" stuff – in the tiny top room of the ancient waterside Limehouse pub the Grapes, which he co-bought a couple of years ago. There are candles, there are golds and reds, there's a big mutual ashtray, and outside the shaking windows the dirty Thames is growing darker, wilder and woollier by the minute.

He is talking of Dickens, »

- Euan Ferguson

Report a problem

Similar News Items

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Meryl Streep
Alec Baldwin (I)

IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners