Ian McKellen has always been one of the greats when it comes to pure, raw acting ability. In recent years, he’s spread his influence into the geek world by taking on some of the most iconic roles in the fantasy and super hero genres. And though most know McKellen has played Magneto and Gandalf, until now few knew that for the last seven years he’s been dealing with some real-life drama – a battle with prostate cancer.
In a recent interview with The Daily Mirror, McKellen discussed his cancer, talking a bit about his condition while assuring his millions of fans that it’s not as much of a problem as it could be. According to McKellen, the cancer is contained and he’s undergoing regular check-ups to make sure that it doesn’t get any worse. All-in-all, he’s been very positive about dealing with what is one of the world’s leading killers among men.
Hopefully, all the karma that McKellen has built up from playing two of the biggest geek-cred roles in history will work in his favor. Everyone give a prayer to whatever (G)god(s) you happen to prefer and perhaps this amazing actor will be with us for at least another 20 years.
Check out the full conversation with McKellen over at The Daily Mirror.
And thanks to blastr for the heads-up.
UPDATE: Apparently, reports on Ian McKellen’s cancer may be complete and utter bullshit.
Though present across dozens of reputable news sources, ABCNews.com has just issued a report that McKellen’s agent, Chris Andrews, has made an official announcement that the story originated from a UK tabloid by the name of The Sun and that it has no basis in reality.
Sorry about that folks. We really do try.