Ian McKellen turned down 'Mission: Impossible' role
Los Angeles: Hollywood actor Ian McKellen has revealed he only got to star in the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'X-Men' movies because he declined an offer to appear in 'Mission: Impossible II'.
Ian McKellen. Pic/AFP
The 76-year-old actor - who appeared as Gandalf and Magneto, in two of the most successful franchises of all time - said the decision to spurn the chance to appear in the action movie proved to be a turning point in his career, said the Hollywood Reporter.
"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 cant say no to working with Tom Cruise!' and I said, 'I think I will'," he said.