Ian McKellen is an actor who is renowned for his theater work. The Hobbit superstar has racked impressive work on movies. Ian McKellen’s game is versatile, having built his career in a theatre by acting meaty Shakespeare characters and took better roles in films when he turned forty. McKellen continues to tickle an entire host of boxes. In ‘The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies, he delivers an incredible performance that is loved by all. We are casting an eye over McKellen’s ten most memorable performances. Have a look.
Top ten movies by Ian McKellen of all time until 2017:
10. God’s and Monsters
The 1998 drama by Bill Condon has McKellen embodies a fictionalized version of James Whale the Frankenstein film director towards his life’s end. McKellen expertly brings the personal struggles and inner turmoil of Whaleback to life alongside Brendan Fraser, the newcomer relative. The role played by Ian earned him a nomination for the Academy Awards.
9. Richard III
McKellen took a lot of time to practice his role in this film. He played the same role in ‘London’s National Theatre as well as well as some world tours in the 1990s. Richard Loncraine is the director who relocated the play by Shakespeare’s to a fictional play of the 1930s in Britain. The sneering grin and power brutality of McKellen flourished. Those who know McKellen because of the lovable role as Gandalf will love to watch and keep an eye on him in a different light.
8. Apt Pupil
Despite the entire ‘Apt Pupil’ movie being a disappointment, Ian McKellen gave an actual weight to his role as Kurt Dassander, a notorious Nazi war criminal who was hiding in the California suburbs. He provides the core plot points of the movie as he guides Brad Renfro acting as student Todd Bowden over the horrors of his past. The film has a tendency that does rehash the atrocities committed during the Holocaust. Ian McKellen carries the Stephen King adaptation so well.
Political philandering anchors the 1989 drama that is based on a real-life scandal that shook the Conservative party in the UK around 1963. Ian McKellen plays John Profumo who is the secretary of state in charge of the war. He spirals into a relationship with Christine Keeler, a teenager whose role is acted by Joanne Whalley. He slips between sexual pursuit and buttoned-up politicking with a lot of ease, something that brings the story back to the spotlight.
6. The Lord of the Rings’: ‘The Two Towers
Gandalf is one man who you can always count on in almost every entourage. A vast wizard has the power to rise from the dead steadily. Despite it being hard to pick a single performance by Gandalf, the second installment of the Lord of the Rings sets out the stand for McKellen as the stellar transformation. The movie is famous, and so is the actor Ian McKellen.
A cure that can treat mutations is found, leading to the drawing of lines amongst the X-Men. A band of powerful and influential mutants is headed by Professor Xavier Charles together with the brotherhood. The mutants are organized by Magneto, the former ally of Xavier. Brett Ratner is the director of this film that plays for 104 minutes. The actors are Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen and Halle Berry.
4. X-Men: The Last Stand
In ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ two mutants arrive at a private academy to support their kids who have a resident superhero team. The parents must oppose a terrorist organization that has more powers. Bryan Singer directs the 104 minutes’ movie. The actors are Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen and Ian McKellen. The film displays an immense talent for Ian McKellen.
3. X-Men 2
All the X-Men come together to look for a mutant assassin who previously made an attempt on the life of the president. In the meantime, the Mutant Academy comes under attack by the military forces. Singer Brian directs the 104 minutes’ movie that is part of the incredible X-Men version. The actors of the film are Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman.
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
A Meek Hobbit originating from the Shire together with eight companions leave for a journey with the aim of destroying the fierce and powerful One Ring. They intend to save the Earth from the Dark Lord known as Sauron. The hope of saving the middle earth is raised in the 178 minutes’ thriller movie directed by Peter Jackson. The actors are Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Sean Bean and Orlando Blood.
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Aragorn and Gandalf lead the men world against the army led by Sauron to draw a gaze from Sam and Frodo. The army approaches the Doom Mount with only one ring. Peter Jackson directs the 201 minutes’ movie that is long enough to make you completely thrilled. The actors include Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen.
Ian McKellen is that very experienced actor who always delivers. McKellen is best in everything that he does, which makes him the superstar he will always remain to be. Fans love you, Ian McKellen.