Ian McKellen almost turned down knighthood

Ian McKellen almost turned down knighthood

Veteran actor Ian McKellen says he considered turning down his knighthood claiming the system is "unfair".

The multi-award winning actor was given the honour in 1991 for services to the performing arts. The 75-year-old star has revealed he had considered turning down the title, reported Telegraph online.

"Frankly, I don't think we should have titles, really. It's a very strange system isn't it? Actors are more likely to get them than fire chiefs or people who have spent their lives doing charity work, which is a bit unfair, isn't it?" McKellen said.

"I was in two minds about it, I liked being Mr McKellen. And if we all said no, it would stop."

When asked why he eventually agreed, the star - who played Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies - revealed that he had been involved with the gay-rights movement at the time and had sought the advice of three friends.

McKellen said that all three had encouraged him to go for it and conceded it was "alluring".

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