Wait—so Ian McKellen DOESN'T have prostate cancer?

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Well, this is getting a little strange. Shortly after news made the rounds that Sir Ian McKellen is suffering from prostate cancer, a media rep for the actor has reached out to say those reports are apparently wrong.

The U.K. paper The Daily Mirror recently reported some comments from McKellen apparently talking about his battle with prostate cancer, but a rep for the actor has fired back that those comments are old and incorrect.

Here's the clarification from his rep Chris Andrews, reported by ABC News:

"No, he does not have prostate cancer ... That was taken out of context and from an interview from years ago."
McKellen's original comments, whatever context they were in, talked about his battle with the disease and how he currently has it under control. Here is the actor's original statement, as reported:
"When you have got [cancer] 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 so I have 'waitful watching.' I am examined regularly and it's just contained, it's not spreading. I've not had any treatment."
So what does all this mean? It's hard to say. It's possible that McKellen battled prostate cancer in the past and is doing better now, and the comments were referring to that period. Or perhaps this could just be damage control, trying to downplay the situation, whatever it is.

What do you make of all these jumbled reports?

(Via ABC News)