Constructed around a 14-hour interview, "McKellen: Playing the Part" uncovers the remarkable story of actor Sir Ian McKellen. From his upbringing living through the Second World War, working through repertory and West End theatre, becoming a pioneering stage star, coming out and being a leader in the campaign for equality, to his mainstream film breakouts as Magneto and Gandalf. His work and influence transcends generations, celebrated here in this fully authorized insight. Directed by the award-winning Joe Stephenson, this remarkable film features unprecedented access to private photo albums, a wealth of never-before-seen archive material, including diaries written when he was 12, and exclusive behind the scenes of theatre shows and films - alongside McKellen's personal thoughts on a life long lived.
A real trouper
- McKellen: Playing the Part review by BE
If you're a McKellen fan you'll enjoy this. From a lowly upbringing 'up North', he managed to realise a life long ambition and get on to the stage and then into films. Dropping his northern accent along the way, he acquired an appropriate thespian voice and became the actor we all know and love. In the interview, he came across as a well balanced and very likeable individual although I do suspect he has more if a wicked sense of humour than he was letting on!
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Fascinating and inspiring
- McKellen: Playing the Part review by AL
Really great insight into Sir Ian Mckellen's life and career. If you're not a fan a Ian's then may not get much our of it. But I thought it was insightful and well worth a watch.