Ian McKellen Doesn't Have Cancer: Agent

Interview was taken out of context, rep says

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 12, 2012 10:09 AM CST

(Newser) – Gossip outlets were abuzz this week with the news that Ian McKellen, aka Gandalf and/or Magneto, has prostate cancer—but now his agent says that isn't so. McKellen apparently told the Daily Mirror, in an article published Monday, that he's had the disease "for six or seven years," adding that "if it is contained in the prostate it's no big deal." But his agent tells ABC News the actor doesn't actually have prostate cancer, and says the report "was taken out of context and from an interview from years ago." A rep for McKellen tells the Huffington Post the actor will release a statement on Twitter this afternoon to clear up the "many different versions of the story out there."

Actor Sir Ian McKellen attends the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Thursday Dec. 6, 2012 in New York.
Actor Sir Ian McKellen attends the premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Thursday Dec. 6, 2012 in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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