Ian McKellen: 'I've never had an ambition to play Sherlock Holmes'
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Many actors have taken on the role of the world’s most iconic detective, Sherlock Holmes, but in recent years there has been increased interest thanks to the outlandish action movies helmed by Guy Ritchie starring Robert Downey Jr. and the modern-day retellings produced by the BBC starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Now, American author Mitch Cullin’s novel A Slight Trick of the Mind has been adapted for the big screen as Mr Holmes and features Sir Ian McKellen in the title role. In both the novel and the film, Sherlock Holmes is now elderly and not as agile. He has swapped busy London life for the quiet of the countryside. Still, as his memory begins to fail him, he is haunted by a case that had a profound effect on him. At the UK press event held to mark the release of Mr Holmes, Ian McKellen spoke about the themes of the project that attracted him: ‘One of them are very touching, really. Someone we think we know well – Sherlock Holmes – and someone we might not want to spend much time with, as he’s not very sociable, turns out he has a beating heart that he has spent 30 years running away from. I found that very touching: at the end of his life he wanted to complete the emotional side of his life he had neglected.’
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