I used to think King Lear was an analysis of insanity, but I dont really think it is. When Lear is supposed to be at his most insane, he is actually understanding the world for the first time.
By: Ian Mckellen
Im not being offered a constant stream of wonderful parts with wonderful directors that would keep me away from the theatre. When they turn up, I do them.
The Lego Movie? Ive never heard of it.
You see people in Hollywood trying to make blockbuster after blockbuster, but its not possible. Theres some god up there saying, You will fail now. But I suppose thats true of us all.
People on television have trouble with fame because audiences think theyre their mates.
If you are playing King Lear you are the centre of attention anyway. You dont need to draw attention to yourself. Its all laid out for you.
I got intrigued by working in small theatres.
I dont have Gandalf the Whites certainty about everything.
I live for the text. Its my job.
Actors dont, in fact, retire, do they? It took me a while to remember that.
Its my impression that Ive done every job that Ive been asked to do.
Its easier to go from theatre to film than the other way round. In film youre absolutely loved and cossetted and cared for. In film your director makes your performance. In theatre youre carrying it all.
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