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A Documentary About Ian McKellen is On Its Way

A Documentary About Ian McKellen is On Its Way

Ian McKellen, X-Men, Lord of the Rings
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It’s about time. 

Before he was Gandalf, Magneto, Sherlock Holmes, or even Cogsworth in the upcoming Beauty and the Beast, Ian McKellen already possessed an extensive resume on stage and screen.

Now, the British act only as himself for an upcoming documentary by Joe Stephenson, titled McKellen: Playing the Part. According to Entertainment Weekly, the film will include pieces of a 14-hour interview with McKellen, along with archival material from his roles in early theater and film productions.

In a statement, Stephenson said: "To a whole generation of cinema goers Ian is known as Gandalf and Magneto, but here is an opportunity to show them his incredible and inspiring trajectory from his modest childhood in the north of England to Tony-winning star of the stage, from one of the first actors to speak openly about his sexuality to becoming an internationally recognized two-time Oscar nominee."

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