Ian McKellen Once Shared It Upset Him When Fans Confused His Gandalf for ‘the knockoff’ Dumbledore

Actor Ian McKellen is known for many roles. But perhaps one of his most well-known characters is the wizard Gandalf from Lord of the Rings. But given the resemblance between his Gandalf and Harry Potter’s Dumbledore, some have mistakenly thought he played the Hogwarts wizard. After a while, it was a mistake that McKellen quipped he was getting fed up with.

Ian McKellen was asked to replace the late Richard Harris for ‘Dumbledore’

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There have been persistent reports that Ian McKellen turned down the role of Dumbledore. The Hogwarts professor was originally played by Richard Harris. But as some know, Michael Gambon was later cast as Harris’ replacement. Before Gambon, McKellen asserted that he was approached for the role. But he decided not to play Dumbledore because of Harris’ opinion of him.

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Ian McKellen Once Shared It Upset Him When Fans Confused His Gandalf for ‘the knockoff’ Dumbledore

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