Style & ShowbizShowbiz

Sir Ian McKellen turned down £1m offer to officiate wedding as Gandalf

ShowbizBy Sunday World
Sir Ian McKellen turned down £1m offer to officiate wedding as Gandalf

Sir Ian McKellen turned down £1 million to officiate a wedding dressed as Gandalf.

The 77-year-old actor - who portrays the legendary character in the 'Lord Of The Rings' movies - was asked to appear at the wedding of Napster founder Sean Parker, but refused.

He said: "I was offered one-and-a-half million dollars to marry a very famous couple in California, which I would perhaps have considered doing but I had to go dressed as Gandalf. So I said, 'I am sorry, Gandalf doesn't do weddings.'"

However, the 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' star insists he had no idea who was behind the offer.

He said: "He was a very rich man, that's all I know. I don't go dressing up - except in plays and things at places like this."

Whilst a source added to the Mail on Sunday newspaper: "The offer to Sir Ian to officiate was made through a mutual friend of Sir Ian's and Sean Parker."

And Ian would have no problem in actually officiating the wedding if he wanted to after he got his qualification to marry his friend Sir Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell in 2013.

Meanwhile, Sean reportedly splashed out a total of £7.5 million on his wedding to Alexandra Lenas in Big Sur, California in 2013.

Guests at the Tolkien-themed bash were handed custom-made outfits by the film's costume designer Ngila Dickson whilst they dined on suckling pigs.

The couple's wedding cake was a whopping 9ft tall whilst guests "in need of a cuddle" were allowed to get up close and personal with a pen full of bunnies.

In the end, the wedding was conducted by a Unitarian Universalist minister.