Sir Ian McKellen snubbed Tom Cruise

Sir Ian McKellenSir Ian McKellen snubbed a starring role alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible II.

The 76-year-old actor has admitted it was a huge risk turning down a role in the franchise but says he wouldn’t have got his famous parts in The Lord Of The Rings and X-Men if he had accepted.

He told PEOPLE magazine: ”I got offered a part in ‘Mission: Impossible II’ with Tom Cruise, but they wouldn’t let me see the whole script because I might have spilled the beans. I only got my scenes. Well, I couldn’t judge from reading just those scenes what the script was like. So I said no. And my agent said, ”You can’t say no to working with Tom Cruise!” and I said, ‘I think I will.’

”The next day, Bryan Singer asked me to play Magneto (in 2000’s X-Men) and then Peter Jackson asked me to play Gandalf (in The Lord of the Rings), and I said yes to both.”

Meanwhile, Ian previously admitted he swiped a few of the ”precious” props from the set of the fantasy film series.

He admitted: ”And I think my favorite set, that I didn’t act in, was the golden Lair, where the dragon was hiding. Hundreds of thousands of golden coins, specially made. And if you don’t tell anyone, I can tell you that I have some of those coins. [I also have] the front door key to Bag End, which I know Peter Jackson is looking for, but will never find.”

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  1. Lorrie • September 4, 2015 @ 9:46 PM

    I think any actor with a brain would turn down a role with TC. He’s such a weird man that he gives me the creeps.

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