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Ian McKellen
 Roles turned down by Ian McKellen:

Eragon
Turned down the role of Brom because of his commitment to X-Men 3.
Actor who got the part: Jeremy Irons

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Ian McKellen turned down the role of Albus Dumbledore afer Richard Harris passed away. He was quoted as saying "I had enough trouble living up to one legend. Two would be too much to hope for." (referring to his role as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings)
Actor who got the part: Michael Gambon

King Kong
Unable to accept Peter Jackson's offer because he was already committed to doing a play in London.
Actor who got the part: Jack Black

The Merchant of Venice
Ian McKellen was originally set to play Antonio alongside Al Pacino.
Actor who got the part: Jeremy Irons






Did you know that Ian McKellen was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
» The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
» The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers






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