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.”