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My Geeky Trivia

By Geeky Gem

When addressing what I should write here each week I sometimes get stuck, when this happens I take a look at my DVD/Blu-Ray collection and wait for something to jump out at me. This often works, this week I did just that and it wasnt so much a movie that jumped out at me but an actor. An actor that has played many roles. That being said folks I bring you Sir Ian McKellen.

He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in 1990 for his services to drama.

Before performing the role of Gandalf, he listened to a recording of J.R.R. Tolkien reading Gandalf lines from the novel. He used this as a base for creating the character, and imitated the accent used by Tolkien in the recording.

Began acting as a means of escape from mourning after his mother’s death and constant bullying at school from fellow students.

He used the phrase “old friend” in both the X-Men and The Lord of the Rings film series. In both cases (to Christopher Lee as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Patrick Stewart as Xavier in X-Men) it is said to an ally who has become a nemesis and “old friend” is said mockingly.

Only performer to receive an acting Academy Award nomination for Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Appears in “The Lord of the Rings” and “X-Men”, both of which required a lead character to be recast soon after production started. In “The Lord of the Rings”, Stuart Townsend was replaced by Viggo Mortensen, and in X-Men (2000), Dougray Scott was replaced by Hugh Jackman.

Says the same line, “The war has begun”, in the trailers of both the major, unrelated blockbusters X2 (2003) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).

Has played both a Holocaust victim (X-Men (2000)) and a Nazi (Apt Pupil (1998), both in movies directed by Bryan Singer.

Hadn’t read either The Golden Compass (aka. Northern Lights) by Philip Pullman, or any of the “Lord of the Rings” books by J.R.R. Tolkien before he was cast in the movie adaptations.

Played “Magneto” in three consecutive films – the only other actors to play comic book criminals in three films, as of 2008, are James Franco as “Harry Osborn”, Gene Hackman as “Lex Luthor” and his X-Men (2000) co-star, Rebecca Romijn.

There we have it just a bit of trivia about Sir Ian McKellen, join me next week to see what I have you.


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