Over-50 and acting? Join the Wizard’s Institute…

After reading Damian Lewis’ disparaging comments towards Ian McKellen and McKellen’s mild-mannered if acerbic retort, were you left wondering if perhaps Lewis was on to something? Well ponder no longer…

Ian McKellen, charged with conspiracy to conjure aged 74 but first offense aged 62. The assumed target of Lewis’ initial critical comments, McKellen is obviously best known for his towering role of Gandalf in all of Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth epics. I’ll leave it to commenters to debate whether perhaps his turn as metal-morphing mentalist Magneto in the X-Men franchise also qualifies – my own guess, probably not.

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Unlikely Lookalikes!

Whilst watching The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965) this evening, a friend who was watching it with me made a marvellous observation which was too good to pass up. He raised the amusing similarity between Peter Van Eyck, playing the character of Hans-Dieter Mundt in the film, and Lawrence Makoare, who played Gothmog/ Witchking in LOTR: The Return of the King. It’s a genius comparison. I hope you like it.