i was trying to decide between a great play and taking Dragonheart. i spoke to ian Mckellen, who said, “do the film, love. i’ve had the lead in every great play going and i’m broke.” i told Dragonheart’s director, rob cohen, about it and he said, “ian Mckellen was available?” it’s happened loads of times and it’s any studio executive or producer who tells you, “Get ready for your life to change after this. you won’t be able to walk down the road without being mobbed.” A) it’s never true. B) Why would you bloody want that anyway?