McKELLEN: PLAY­ING THE PART (M)

WHEN KEEP­ING IT REAL MEANS PUTTING ON AN ACT, UK, 96 MIN

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - FLICKS -

Vet­eran Bri­tish ac­tor Ian McKellen has of­ten said he believes ev­ery in­ter­view he gives to be the equiv­a­lent of a full per­for­mance. There­fore, film­maker Joe Stephen­son does lit­tle more than stage a long in­ter­view with McKellen, who re­sponds with a warm, vi­brant and re­veal­ing “per­for­mance” be­fit­ting a racon­teur of his con­sid­er­able renown. Now 78, McKellen’s rich turn of phrase and self­dep­re­cat­ing ex­per­tise with build­ing the per­fect anec­dote make him tremen­dous com­pany through­out.

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