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Sunday 28 December 2014

Ian McKellen: I worry like Gandalf

Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen shares Gandalf's tendency to "worry about things".

The 73-year-old actor plays wise wizard Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies.

Having been familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien's character for so long, Ian has come to realise how many personality traits he shares with the Middle Earth creature.

"Well, aspects, most certainly. He likes going out. Likes laying down the law. I love both, on occasion, with… yes, benign affectionate tetchiness. I don't have Gandalf the White's certainty about everything," he told British newspaper The Guardian.

"What I do have is Gandalf the Grey's ability to worry about things. There's got to be some truth of you in all the best parts. And that's why I did enjoy it all so."

The British star has enjoyed a successful Hollywood career, including stints alongside the industry's most famous faces.

By now, Ian could be used to his glamorous lifestyle, but the star insists he never takes his good fortune for granted.

"I still get a bit starstruck. I can't believe my luck!" he admitted.

"I'm in a room with Billy Connolly, touching him, hugging him, and he's teaching me how to play the banjolele, which he gave me. Chatting to Stephen Fry, for free, and they're nice to me, think I have something to offer. And young people, too, offering me the time of day. What a business to be in, and to still be in!"

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