Sir Ian McKellen mistaken for tramp: What would Magneto think?

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Scott Edelman
Dec 14, 2012

Gandalf might have found this amusing. But Magneto ... not so much.

Sir Ian McKellen was sitting outside a Melbourne theater during a break from rehearsing Waiting for Godot in Melbourne, Australia, when a someone passing by gave him an Australian dollar.

According to McKellen, as quoted in the London Telegraph, "During the dress rehearsal of Godot, I crouched by the stage door of the Comedy Theatre, getting some air, my bowler hat at my feet (and) seeing an unkempt old man down on his luck, a passer-by said, 'Need some help, brother?' and put a dollar in my hat. ... I hope the Melbourne audiences will be as generous."

You'd think the unidentified passerby would have recognized the famous actor, but I guess we should cut the generous person a break. Based on the photo above, would you have recogized McKellen?

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