Sir Ian Mckellen tells Facebook billionaire 'I won't be Lord of the Wedding rings'

Sir Ian Mckellen as Gandalf in Lord Of The Rings.
Sir Ian Mckellen as Gandalf in Lord Of The Rings.

Sir Ian McKellen was offered one million pounds to dress as his Lord Of The Rings character Gandalf and officiate at the wedding of a Facebook billionaire, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Sir Ian, 77, who qualified as a 'celebrant' to conduct the 2013 civil wedding of his best friend, Star Trek actor Sir Patrick Stewart, and fiancee Sunny Ozell, described how he was made the extraordinary offer.

He said: '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.

'So I said, "I am sorry, Gandalf doesn't do weddings." '

The Mail on Sunday has learned that the offer was made via an intermediary on behalf of Silicon Valley tycoon Sean Parker, co-founder of the record-streaming service Napster and the first president of Facebook.

Gandolf from Lord Of The Rings.
Gandolf from Lord Of The Rings.


Parker, 36, whose net worth is put at £1.8 billion (NZ$3.2b) by Forbes magazine, spent a reported £7.5million (NZ$13.5m) on his Tolkien-themed wedding in June 2013 to singer Alexandra Lenas, in the spectacular redwood forest in Big Sur, California.

- Daily Mail

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