Part of the shakespeare on film package is richard iii, which mckellen coadapted, coproduced and also played the title role. Long before he played gandalf or magneto, sir ian mckellen was known as one of the finest stage actors in england. Ian mckellen to host london bus tours for shakespeare film. Let me start with shakespeare the chorus of henry v, which seems to express to his contemporary audience the problems and the delights of how he wants to tell his stories. Ian mckellen seeks to demystify shakespeare with new app cnet. Apr 22, 2016 speaking at an event on richard iii, bfi southbanks shakespeare on screen ambassador sir ian mckellen gave his insights into the journey. British actor ian mckellen in china for shakespeare on film. Sir ian mckellen, who played coriolanus at the national theatre in 1984, on what shakespeare means to him sat 30 jun 2012 19. Having tackled shakespeares works on stage and screen, ian mckellen will host bus tours of locations used in his movie adaptation of richard iii as part of a film program marking 400 years. He is treasured worldwide as magneto in the xmen films and gandalf in the lord of the rings trilogy. Jan 25, 2016 having tackled shakespeare s works on stage and screen, ian mckellen will host bus tours of locations used in his movie adaptation of richard iii as part of a film program marking 400 years. Ian mckellen may have accidentally outed more than one. May 24, 2016 part of the shakespeare on film package is richard iii, which mckellen coadapted, coproduced and also played the title role. He was made a commander of the order of the british empire cbe in 1979 almost entirely because of his stage work.
Acting legend ian mckellen discusses his impressive range of shakespearean performances. Mckellen coproduced and cowrote the film, adapting the play for the screen based on a stage production of shakespeare s play directed by richard eyre for the royal national theatre in which mckellen had appeared. Usually, in film, you are inventing in the moment but she was remembering. I wanted to make a shakespeare film that could be accessible to as wide an audience as. Sir ian mckellen might be best known as gandalf or magneto, but his reputation. Stage and screen star sir ian mckellen pictured with house of cards star kevin spacey has spoken out about the sex scandal in film and theatre, claiming women are partly responsible. His notable film roles include gandalf in the lord of the rings and the hobbit trilogies, magneto in the xmen films, sir leigh teabing in the da vinci code 2006, sherlock holmes in mr. While his life was changing from great classical actor to international film star his. Mckellen won a european film award for best actor as richard iii and. Feb 28, 2010 in acting shakespeare we see the multiple layers of reality that can be applied to a performance. Christiane amanpour speaks with ian mckellen, who is retaking the stage at age 79, in shakespeares king lear. Ive spent most of my acting career in the theatre, mckellen notes. Aug 02, 2015 ian mckellen explains the difference between acting on stage and in movies the dick cavett show duration. A filmmaker is trying to make a good film, not good shakespeare, though sometimes they do.
Ian mckellen had just completed 100 performances of his second king lear. Ian will launch shakespeare on film at shanghai international film festival on june. Although he continued to appear on stage throughout the world including appearances in two wellreceived solo shows, acting shakespeare and a knight out mckellen found himself with film and television opportunities. The most famous phrases, film quotes and movie lines by sir ian mckellen. Mckellens work spans genres ranging from shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. Ian mckellen explains the difference between acting on stage and in movies the dick cavett show duration. In the hobbit trilogy he again plays gandalf the grey, the role that earned him an academy awarda nomination for best supporting actor and a screen actors guild sag award in. Ive just completed disneys new version of beauty and the beast and the final. Nov 25, 20 during a rare break from acting in his current double bill of waiting for godot and no mans land on broadway and taking goofy photos all over new york city with costar and dear friend patrick stewart, mckellen spoke to mens journal magazine and shared some advice on acting, handling fame and criticism, and what shakespeare plays he. After it appeared on television it came to the national. Apr 03, 2016 ian mckellens favourite shakespeare roles on film.
For a film director to adjust things between the completion of principal photography and the movies release is, of course, commonplace, akin to a chefs lastminute seasoning or an authors spellcheck. Hes just completed the most harrowing role in an actors career. He is the recipient of six laurence olivier awards, a tony award, a golden globe award, a screen actors guild award, a bif award, two saturn awards, four drama desk awards, and two critics choice awards. In acting shakespeare we see the multiple layers of reality that can be applied to a performance.
Sir ian mckellens performances in shakespeares tragedies will be a. The veteran actor has played all the leading roles, from romeo and. His career spans genres ranging from shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. Ian mckellen has been honored with over 50 international acting awards during his halfcentury on stage and screen. Throughout filming, i was impressed by peter jacksons overall view, confirmed in wellington this month, when he sensed after each session. Mckellen has had a long and storied career working across film, television and theatre and is, of course, well known in. Macbeth with judi dench 1979 priest of love with ava gardner and janet suzman 1982 acting shakespeare.
The two men have also worked together on the film bent 1997 as well as in exquisite stage productions. Ian mckellens favourite shakespeare roles on film film. On imdb tv, you can catch hollywood hits and popular tv series at no cost. Acting shakespeare is a oneman show of shakespearean monologues interspersed with theatrical anecdotes devised and performed by ian mckellen. Ian mckellen on his life, on and off stage and screen cnn video.
With ian mckellen, timothy west, robert eddison, paul hardwick. Ian mckellen on coming out, religion, and shakespeare. I also asked whether it was necessary, if you were to be a great actor, to perform shakespeare. Were there any shakespeare films you didnt know about, and saw as a. A whos who of shakespearean heavyweights meet the actors. Ian mckellen on shakespeare and sexuality livemint. Acting shakespeare jan 19, 1984 feb 19, 1984 starring. Directed by richard loncraine, the 1995 film transposes shakespeare. Mckellens work spans genres ranging from shakespearean and modern.
Touring company, the actors company and the royal shakespeare company. Sir ian mckellen on why its a waste of time reading shakespeare. Hes had a particular love for shakespeare roles over the years, and hes said lear may be his last big shakespeare part, so weve tracked back through the archives to bring you a short history of mckellens shakespearean roles. Acting shakespeare revival, play, solo, broadway opened in new york city jan 19, 1984 and played through feb 19, 1984. Ian mckellen seeks to demystify shakespeare with new app. Selected short film clips illustrating the film and television career of sir ian mckellen. Fact 8 the phrase old friend was used by mckellen in xmen as well as in the lord of the rings. Shakespeare on film, as part of the british councils shakespeare lives a major programme of events and activities celebrating shakespeares work in the 400th anniversary year of his death. Ian mckellen dishes advice on acting, fame and life daily actor. In addition, a brie renowned shakespearean actor ian mckellen celebrates the worlds greatest playwright in a performance of anecdotes, personal reflection, and the bards verse.
Ive been hoping that it would be made available on vhs or dvd. Dec 18, 2017 stage and screen star sir ian mckellen pictured with house of cards star kevin spacey has spoken out about the sex scandal in film and theatre, claiming women are partly responsible. For the 1984 broadway engagement, mckellen received the drama desk award for outstanding oneperson show. Ian mckellen filmography including movies from released projects, in theatres, in production and upcoming films.
Ian mckellen filmography, movie list, tv shows and acting career. The official database for broadway theatre information. But so far we never have unless of course, the other 8 are meeting without letting me know. The merchandizing tabula rasa known colloquially as sir ian mckellen may have outed at least one of his hobbit costars way back in a 2012 interview with the german website, a slip of.
His notable film roles include gandalf in the lord of the rings and the. Born in the northern mill town of burnley, in lancashire, england, ian. Speaking at an event on richard iii, bfi southbanks shakespeare on screen ambassador sir ian mckellen gave his insights into the journey. Ian mckellen, in full sir ian murray mckellen, born may 25, 1939, burnley, lancashire, england, british actor of great versatility, noted for his work with the royal shakespeare company and for his eclectic filmography mckellen attended st. Mckellen has also participated in books and television shows about shakespeare, such as the shakespeare show and john bartons playing shakespeare. How faithful is the 1978 film of macbeth with ian mckellen. Sunday in the park with george may 02, 1984 oct, 1985. Acting shakespeare london 1988 opens at playhouse theatre, london. I would request that wherever possible, the actors should be in the same space and able to look at each other. Mckellen continued to act in the royal shakespeare company productions of. We see mckellen, we see mckellen playing macbeth, and so we also see macbeth.
Holmes 2015 and cogsworth in the liveaction adaptation of beauty and the beast 2017. Ian mckellens favourite shakespeare roles on film the guardian. The last stand erik lehnsherr magneto 2006 the da vinci code sir leigh teabing 2006. Catharines college, cambridge, where as a student actor he was often directed by john barton, later of the royal shakespeare company. Who laughs at me because i speak no greek and dont know whether. Join sign up keep track of your favorite shows and movies, across all your devices. While not every professional actor is a good source of advice just trust me on that, an actor as respected as ian mckellen ought to have at least one or two pieces of good advice to pass along to aspiring actors.
Ian mckellen full list of movies and tv shows in theaters, in production and upcoming films. Shakespeare on stage, screen and elsewhere with ian mckellen. He is the recipient of six laurence olivier awards, a tony award, a golden globe award, two academy award nominations, four bafta nominations and five emmy award nominations. Ian resides in limehouse, where he has also lived with his former longtime partner sean mathias. Ian murray mckellen may 25, 1939 burnley, lancashire, england, uk. This clip is from bbc one sitcom extras, which explores the world of film and television extras. The actions and repercussions of a proud king, whose vanity and selfishness lead to his downfall. Jun 30, 2012 sir ian mckellen, who played coriolanus at the national theatre in 1984, on what shakespeare means to him sat 30 jun 2012 19. Lawrence in the highly literate, but slightly stodgy biopic priest of love 1981. One shouldnt leave this life without a sense of completion. This is why you stop liking new music as you get older. To this day, mckellen works mostly in theatre, and was knighted by queen elizabeth ii in 1990 for his efforts in the arts. How faithful is the 1978 film of macbeth with ian mckellen to. British film institute festival dedicated to depictions of shakespeares work on screen.
Ian mckellen on coming out, religion, and shakespeare mens. Fact 7 he was the only actor from the lord of the rings trilogy to receive an acting academy award nomination. Mckellen has recorded more than a dozen of shakespeares plays for radio and audio books. Section 28 enacted in uk, prohibiting promotion of homosexuality. Sir ian mckellen puts on a dazzling oneman shakespeare. Fact 6 he and patrick stewart were members of the royal shakespeare company at the same time. Acting shakespeare wilmington opens at delaware theatre, wilmington. I was a bit of an odd man out going into acting, but my mother had said, before she died when i was 12, that she wouldnt mind if i was an actor because she. A stand out in the royal shakespeare company, sir ian played the lead in its 1974 staging of doctor faustus and its 1977 staging of macbeth. Tickets to see ian mckellen in king lear in the west end are on sale now. Jul 27, 2018 christiane amanpour speaks with ian mckellen, who is retaking the stage at age 79, in shakespeare s king lear. Sir ian mckellen talks shakespeare on screen into film. Film clips html5 1969 thank you very much a touch of love. Ian mckellen, alone on stage, with no props or scenery, performs monologues from shakespeare and discusses some of his plays.
Shakespeare did not write a film script so this must be an adaptation. Ian mckellens 10 best movies nov 06, 2015 ian mckellen explains the difference between acting on stage and in movies the dick cavett show duration. Ian mckellen, british actor of great versatility who was especially noted for his work with the royal shakespeare company and for his eclectic filmography, which included the lord of the rings trilogy and the xmen series. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free. Ian mckellen addresses lark in the park protest in edinburgh. Ian mckellen filmography, movie list, tv shows and acting. Worldrenowned actor ian mckellen will visit china for bfi presents. Heuristic shakespeare the tempest is the first of 37 new apps to help students better understand the works of the famous bard. The tragedy of king richard ii, by william shakespeare. Ian mckellen performer devised especially for the cultural festival of gay games iv by ian mckellen. Since playing malvolio in twelfth night at 12 years old, ian mckellen has acted in more than half of shakespeares canon on stages worldwide and screens large and small. Sir ian murray mckellen ch cbe born 25 may 1939 is an english actor. Ian mckellen may have accidentally outed more than one hobbit.
In 1995 mckellen produced, adapted and starred in the acclaimed feature film richard iii. Every film director is faced with a dilemma that stems from formal differences. The students know ian mckellen as gandalf from the lord of the rings and the hobbit trilogies, but he is in his guise here of a gifted shakespearean actor of the royal shakespeare company giving his insights into acting shakespearean roles and the ways in which shakespeare can still communicate with the modern world. And i had not completed that bit of journey that people in the public eye. During a rare break from acting in his current double bill of waiting for godot and no mans land on broadway and taking goofy photos all over new york city with costar and dear. The program is presented in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the folger shakespeare library in washington, d. Ian mckellen biography and filmography ian mckellen movies. Mckellen first performed the recital in scandinavia in 1980 and later performed it throughout the world.494 1008 643 847 1044 836 688 1464 1499 1150 1528 512 4 1302 102 974 663 351 843 1012 1227 1370 696 1269 753 1569 283 654 1010 714 56 494 753 682 1034 1017 792 809 314 1197 103 997