We’ve all turned down a job or two in our careers that kept nagging us afterwards.Maybe the pay wasn’t quite enough, the commute was hell, or you just felt the move was too “lateral.” Whatever the reason, you can’t help but wonder every now and then: “What if?After Richard Harris—that’s the guy who originally played the wizened headmaster—died, producers approached Mc Kellen about taking the role.Apparently, Harris once remarked that Mc Kellen was “technically brilliant, but passionless.” Mc Kellen was having none of that, and couldn’t take over a role previously held by someone who disregarded him.According to Eadmer of Canterbury, the reason for his visit was to negotiate the release of his brother Wulfnoth and nephew Haakon, both of whom had been hostages in Normandy since 1051.On his deathbed, King Edward "the Confessor" bequeathed the kingdom of England to Harold.
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The eldest of five siblings, she is the daughter of renowned Irish soprano and harpist Marina Cassidy.
She took up performing at the age of seven but was rejected by two drama schools before finding fame.
“Sometimes, when I see the posters of Mike Gambon, the actor who gloriously [went on to play] Dumbledore, I think sometimes it is me,” Mc Kellen joked.
He’s not alone in changing the course of cinematic history with a single two-lettered word.