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Ian McKellen moved by hometown tribute

Published 20/06/2015

Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen's recent accolade from Wigan town is one of his top achievements.

The lauded actor grew up in the north of England, in a town called Wigan. Earlier this year it was announced the area was honouring Ian with a star and the actor is immensely proud of the accolade.

"Well, I'll tell you because it's on my mind: I was up in Wigan, where I spent the first 12 years of my life, and in the Believe Square in Wigan there are a number of stars for people that have lived in Wigan and done themselves or the town proud, and I'm now one of those stars," Ian smiled to Cover Media.

"And I got a bit weepy actually because it was over cobblestones I walked over as a kid every Saturday going to the fair, or going to watch the people selling their stuff on the market; the first actors I saw up close really. And I've got a little star. Actually it's not that little. That's at the forefront of my mind today."

Ian is currently starring as an ageing Sherlock Holmes in new movie Mr. Holmes. His co-star Laura Linney also divulged her biggest achievement, going for a funnier choice.

"I won a limbo contest on roller skates," she laughed.

At 76, Ian is as in demand as ever. Having conquered Middle Earth with The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises, one of his next projects is to tackle Disney in the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

"I'll tell you what was an ambition, is an ambition, and will continue to be, it's, just to quote from Gods and Monsters, my character, the film director James Whale, says, 'Making movies is the most wonderful thing in the world. Working with friends, entertaining people.' So I have an ambition for that when it comes to a film, whether it's a big one or a small one," Ian outlined.

© Cover Media

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