Ian McKellen rejected $1.5 million to dress as Gandalf for billionaire’s wedding
There’s no shortage of celebrities who are willing to sell themselves out. Whether it’s for an infomercial, autograph signing or otherwise, the list goes on an on. But one celeb, Sir Ian McKellen, stared $1.5 million in the face and turned it down.
The Daily Mail is reporting that McKellen was offered the whopping sum to dress up as his Lord of the Rings character, Gandalf, but said no, leaving his dignity in tact.
“I was offered one-and-a-half million dollars to marry a very famous couple in California, which I would perhaps have considered doing but I had to go dressed as Gandalf,” McKellen told the Daily Mail. “So I said, ‘I am sorry, Gandalf doesn’t do weddings.’”
That wedding was reportedly for Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker, one of the co-founders of Napster and the first president of Facebook. The 2013 nuptials were held in the woods of Big Sur, California with a guest list that included Sting, Emma Watson, Olivia Munn, and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich among a gaggle of tech zillionaires. Depending on the source, the price for the affair was anywhere between $4.5 million and $10 million. According to Vanity Fair, each of the more than 350 guests “was custom-fitted in Tolkien-esque garb by Ngila Dickson, the costume designer who won an Academy Award for The Lord of the Rings.”