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Date TimeSeptember 01, 2019
VoiceAfter the actor abandoned a £1m book deal, an old friend took up the baton. John Humphrys, meanwhile, gears up for his own memoir…
In lieu of Ian McKellen’s own memoirs, a new biography offers revelations
Four years ago, Ian McKellen signed a deal worth more than £1m for his memoirs before pulling out nine months later, saying that it had been “painful” to work on. That pain might be lessened by a new biography from Garry O’Connor, who first met McKellen when they were Cambridge University students 60 years ago. Despite their friendship, this is no hagiography. The actor has not collaborated with O’Connor, but nor has he prevented the book.
McKellen comes across as the consummate professional, “wedded”, as the author puts it, both to acting but also to gay causes. McKellen firmly believes he did not win a best actor Oscar, despite being nominated, for Gods and Monsters and then for The Fellowship of the Ring, because of Hollywood’s homophobia. He even had hard-hitting speeches ready in which he would have castigated the movie world’s attitude. While McKellen has been publicly out for 31 years, he has always been pretty private about his relationships – two of them each lasting a decade.

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