Gandalf was stricken with cancer for six years

15 December 2012 / 3 years 10 months ago

Source: Reuters The Hobbit star Sir Ian McKellen said in an interview published Tuesday that he has had prostate cancer for the last six or seven years, but added that the disease wasn't life-threatening.Ian, 73, played the wizard Gandalf in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and reprises the role in three prequels based on Tolkien's novel The Hobbit.The first, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, recently had its world premiere in New Zealand, where it was shot under the directorship of Peter Jackson."I've had prostate cancer for six or seven years," Ian told The Daily Mirror. "When you have got it you monitor it and you have to be careful it doesn't spread. But if it is contained in the prostate it's no big deal.""Many, many men die from it but it's one of the cancers that is totally treatable," added Ian, one of Britain's most respected actors who's well known in Hollywood for appearances as supervillain Magneto in the X-Men franchise."I am examined regularly and it's just contained, it's not spreading. I've not had any treatment."He admitted he feared the worst when he heard he had the disease. "You do gulp when you hear the news. It's like when you go for an HIV test, you go 'arghhh is this the end of the road?' ""I have heard of people dying from prostate cancer, and they are the unlucky ones, the people who didn't know they had got it and it went on the rampage. But at my age if it is diagnosed it's not life threatening."The Hobbit opens in cinemas this week.

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