Ian McKellen on Playing Dumbledore: Richard Harris 'Didn't Approve'

THE WRAP | on Tue, Apr 4, 12:32 PM

Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Disney Ian McKellen[1] is famous for playing Gandalf the Grey in the “Lord of the Rings” films, but could’ve played another famous movie wizard if certain opinions were different. McKellen was recently interviewed on BBC News’ HARDTalk[2], and spoke about how he was approached to play Dumbledore in the later “Harry Potter” movies, but declined. According to him, Richard Harris — the actor who originated the role — really didn’t like him. “When they called me ...

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