A producer of Lord of the Rings has said that Sean Connery turned down the role of Gandalf because he “just didn’t get it”.
The role in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning fantasy trilogy ultimately went to Ian McKellen.
We never got an answer until years later, but apparently he read the material and just didn’t get it.”
McKellen also recalled how his role as Magneto in the live-action X-Men film nearly cost him a chance at Gandalf due to scheduling conflicts.
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