Sir Ian McKellen recently revealed that he dumped Tom Cruise’s offer of a role in the “Mission: Impossible II.” Why? Read on for more details.
“Mr. Holmes” star Sir Ian McKellen, 76, said he received an offer for Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible II” but had issues on how it was presented to him.
“I got offered a part in ‘Mission: Impossible II’ with Tom Cruise, but they wouldn’t let me see the whole script because I might have spilled the beans,” McKellen told PEOPLE magazine via a report by Hamilton Spectator.
Since the English actor could not determine what his script was like, he turned it down.
“And my agent said, ‘You can’t say no to working with Tom Cruise!’ and I said, ‘I think I will,” McKellen said.
McKellen (real name Ian Murray McKellen) was conscious of the huge risk he was taking by turning down the role in “Mission: Impossible II.” But it was a blessing in disguise for him because it made him available to take on parts in “The Lord of the Rings” and “X-Men.”
After turning down Cruise’s offer, McKellen received role offerings from Bryan Singer to be Magneto and from Peter Jackson to be Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings” the next day. To these, he gladly accepted.
Ian McKellen released his latest movie “Mr. Holmes,” playing as Sherlock Holmes, last July 17. However, the film went through copyright infringement issues recently.
According to the lawsuit filed by the representatives of Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle, the movie’s source, “A Slight Trick of the Mind” by Mitch Cullin, allegedly borrowed many parts from the current set of Holmes novels.
TheWrap managed to catch up with the legal representative of “Mr. Holmes,” Benjamin Allison. The “Mr. Holmes” attorney said both parties have reached a settlement.
Although the conditions of the agreement were not divulged, Mitch Cullin was told to cite the copyrighted works even if they are available for the public.
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