Ian McKellen turned down 'Mission: Impossible' role

Jul 22, 2015, 08:03 IST | PTI

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
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.

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