Ian Mckellen Quotes
'King Lear,' I've been seeing all my life. I mean, the great actors of my lifetime... to join their company, as it were, by playing a part that's challenged them, is one of the great joys of being an actor who does the classics.
'Lord of the Rings' was about saving the world, big time, big duties.
'Macbeth' was a very lucky play for me.
'The Da Vinci Code' is the most popular book of our times.
'The Lego Movie?' I've never heard of it.
Acting is a very big part of what human beings do. A dog is always a dog, but we're always changing.
Acting is a very personal process. It has to do with expressing your own personality, and discovering the character you're playing through your own experience - so we're all different.
Actors don't, in fact, retire, do they? It took me a while to remember that.
Anyone in public life who comes out, comes out primarily for themselves, and their life is immediately improved. That's what happened to me.
Anyone who thinks Peter Jackson would fall for market forces around him rather than artistic integrity doesn't know the guy or the body of his work.
Because I was in the business of translating the 'X-Men' from the very successful comics, and taking the most popular book of the 20th century in 'The Lord of the Rings,' and making it into three movies, I hope people realize I wouldn't get involved in anything I didn't think was really going to be worth their while.
Before acting, I wanted to become a journalist. I also toyed with the idea of being a chef - but that's only when people asked me what I wanted to be. In fact, I always used to say I wanted to be an actor, but I didn't ever believe that I was good enough to be come one.
Before I ever acted as an amateur - which I did a great deal at school and at university - I used to go to the theater with my parents in the north of England, where I was born and brought up... Theater of all sorts.
Bill Gallagher's new version of 'The Prisoner' is an enthralling commentary on modern culture. It is witty, intelligent and disturbing. I am very excited to be involved.
Bolton School has a great tradition in the liberal arts.
Capitalism offers you freedom, but far from giving people freedom, it enslaves them.
Doing some of the 'Lord Of The Rings' press junkets got a bit claustrophobic.
Establishing the rights for gay people to be married would cost the Australian government nothing financially and would gain for you worldwide respect from people like us and, of course, would change lives enormously - the lives of gay people and of their friends and of their families and therefore of Australia as a whole.
Even now, there are young actors who want careers as romantic leading men, and the best thing is not to reveal you're gay.
Eventually, before I die, I hope to have written about every part I've played.
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May 25, 1939
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