David Hemblen

  1. Ian McKellen, XMen quartet, 1999-2013.    “Welcome to the future.”  Producer James Cameron and his then wife, director Kathryn Bigelow, chose Christopher Lee for Eric Lensherr/Magneto in the early 90s – and never made the film!   For his take, director Bryan Singer met with Terence Stamp (much loved for his General Zod in Superman) and (the too busy) Hemblen, Magneto’s TV toon and video-game voice, before choosing  – of course! – his Apt Pupil star. Ian McKellen. As an activist for gay rights, McKellen understood the role well, said Singer. “Ian responded to the allegory of mutants as outsiders, disenfranchised, and alone, and coming to all that at puberty, when their differences manifest.” Singer arranged his schedules with Peter Jackson so that Ian could be Gandalf down under in The Lord of the Rings.

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