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'Gandalf' turns down $1.5 million offer to officiate at billionaire's wedding

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
'Gandalf' turns down $1.5 million offer to officiate at billionaire's wedding

Actor Ian McKellen turned down an astonishing $1.5 million offer to officiate a billionaire's wedding dressed as Gandalf, whom the actor famously played in Lord of the Rings.

McKellen was allegedly offered the money by Sean Parker, co-founder of the record-streaming service Napster and the first president of Facebook.

Parker, who Forbes magazine estimate is worth $1.8 billion, married the singer Alexandra Lenas in  a Tolkien-themed wedding in 2013, which, according to Vanity Fair magazine, featured a nine-foot-tall wedding cake and "fur-pelt-strewn beds in the lounge area".

The wedding, which took place in California, reportedly cost $7.5 million and was attended by Sting and Emma Watson. However, McKellen was not present.