Below is an excerpt of the article written by Army Archerd for Variety dated January 9, 2002:
By Army Archerd, Daily Variety Senior
With a pocketful of rave reviews, Ian McKellen winds his stand in “Dance of Death” on Broadway Sunday; he also has a delayed start on the “X-men” sequel — postponed from next week until May. It gives him time to enjoy “the unusual” accolades the dramatic actor says he’s getting from young audiences as Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings” and Magneto in “X-Men.” But, having talked to Peter Jackson, Ian may have to wing to New Zealand for some “pickup shots” on the second “Lord.”
McKellen admits, “I’ve loved everything I’ve done but to be in the most popular movie in the world makes me smile. I came out of the theater the other night and was wearing my Magneto overcoat. A 9-year-old boy saw me and said, ‘Cool!’ That does it!”
I asked him who did he think would win an imaginary fight between Magneto and Gandalf? “I’d put my money on Gandalf. I’m so in love with him.” He hasn’t yet seen the other young people’s favorite, “Harry Potter (news – web sites),” only because he’s been “working so hard.” But he plans to see it now.
He also asked Robert Altman why he wasn’t in the (almost-all-British) ‘Gosford Park.’ Altman told McKellen, “You were unavailable.”
The actor has received many award nominations already and receives a lifetime achievement award Jan. 31 from the Bookers’ Club in N.Y. “I guess after a lifetime achievement nod is an obituary,” he laughed. REUTERS
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