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McKellen: Playing the Part (2017)

TV-PG | | Documentary, Biography | 1 June 2018 (UK)
Feature documentary on the life and work of Sir Ian McKellen.


Joe Stephenson

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Credited cast:
Ian McKellen ... Himself
Frances Barber
Adam Brown
Scott Chambers ... Ian McKellen
Penny Clapcott Penny Clapcott ... Her Majesty's Smallest Subject
Luke Evans
David Foxxe David Foxxe
Sean Mathias Sean Mathias ... Tyrone Guthrie
Milo Parker ... Young Ian McKellen
Edward Petherbridge
Martin Sherman Martin Sherman
Malcolm Sinclair
Morgan Watkins ... Fairground Worker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Colleen Dewhurst ... Herself (archive footage)
Lynn Redgrave ... Herself (archive footage)


Feature documentary on the life and work of Sir Ian McKellen.

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1 June 2018 (UK) See more »

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Iαν ΜακΚέλεν: Ρόλος Ζωής See more »

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Dedication & Honesty
14 June 2019 | by larrys3See all my reviews

This documentary, directed by Joe Stephenson, centers on the life and career of the acclaimed British actor Sir Ian McKellen. Much of the film is McKellen sitting and being interviewed and describing in his own words the path of his fascinating life, enhanced, of course, by recreations, vintage film clips, and photos.

Those 2 words, dedication and honesty, help describe some of McKellen's persona. I say dedication because, in the movie, McKellen states that he feels he must, as he appears on stage, be in the best physical and mental shape for that night, so that an audience member who has spent all day working can get the best performance possible. Re honesty, McKellen came across to me as just that speaking from the gut as to how he viewed the people and events in his life.

Early on he realized he was gay, and when he attended Cambridge, on a partial drama scholarship, he began to meet other gay men and also began to have relationships. At 49 years of age, McKellen, as AIDS reared its ugly head across the world, "came out" and became an activist for gay rights, speaking out and raising money as well.

Overall, I found this documentary engrossing as McKellen spun his life story and can easily recommend it.

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