Sir Ian McKellen, famed British actor extraordinaire, is so good at his craft that he is able to fool pretty much anyone into believing what he wants them to believe … even without trying. Sir Ian, who is currently in Australia doing rehearsals for his play there Waiting for Godot, stepped outside the theater in Melbourne to take a break in between rehearsals while wearing his full costume … and was actually mistaken by a passer-by as a homeless man. Considering how authentically downtrodden he looks in these photos, I can’t say that I wouldn’t be completely and utterly fooled myself:
Whether he’s playing Gandalf, Magneto or King Lear, Sir Ian McKellen is known for his character roles. But his latest performance was perhaps his most impressive yet – he was mistaken for a genuine tramp as he sat outside a theatre. The 70-year-old X-Men star was wearing his threadbare costume during a break from rehearsing for Waiting For Godot in Melbourne, Australia, when a passer-by gave him an Australian dollar. He tweeted:
“During the dress rehearsal of Godot, I crouched by the stage door of the Comedy Theatre, getting some air, my bowler hat at my feet [and] seeing an unkempt old man down on his luck, a passer-by said, ‘Need some help, brother?’ and put a dollar in my hat. I hope the Melbourne audiences will be as generous. The dollar coin is now lodged between two drawing pins on the board above my dressing room mirror. My lucky talisman.”
The actor recreated the moment for publicity shots – perhaps hoping to increase the interest in the play.
LOL!! I LOVE this story. You can tell that Sir Ian took the passerby’s mistake as a huge compliment. He absolutely looks homeless in these photos … a great testament to his costume and make-up people. I have no doubt that McKellen will be fantastic in Waiting for Godot. I love his films, I would love to see him perform live on stage. I’d happily pay him a dollar and everything!