The Filmmakers Podcast

Sir Ian McKellen on Acting in Film & Theatre, Producing, Directors & his Career

February 8, 2022

Today is the day, dear listener. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Tori Butler-Hart and Matt Butler-Hart welcome the one and only Sir Ian McKellen to the show. Yes, THE Ian McKellen.

You probably know him from films like The Lord of the Rings series, the X-Men series, Mr Holmes (2015), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Infinitum: Subject Unknown (2021) by Matt & Tori, and many, many more.

Giles, Tori and Matt sat down with Sir Ian at his wonderful home to dive deep into his long acting career: Ian talks about when his love for theatre and movies began, the difference between acting on stage vs in front of the camera, and whether he watches his films.

He also discusses what he’s looking for in a director, how he produced his film Richard III (1995), and his favourite and most challenging roles. He talks about the first film he has ever acted in that was never released, how you as filmmakers can approach him, and why it’s easier than ever to make a film.

This was incredible. We hope this conversation inspires you as much as it inspired us. Sit back, relax, enjoy this week’s episode with the legend that is Sir Ian McKellen.



Check out Sir Ian McKellen’s BLOG and his screenplay RICHARD III



Big thank you to:

Marli J Monroe

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