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Ian McKellen, Not Surprisingly, Mistaken For A Hobo

Ian McKellen, the classically trained actor best known for his roles in the fantasy-adventure movies Last Action Hero and The Da Vinci Code, was recently mistaken for a bum. Which makes sense. Because of how a lot of times he kind of looks like a bum. From the Telegraph UK:

The 70-year-old actor is rehearsing Waiting For Godot in Melbourne, Australia, and was sitting in his tramp costume having a break when a passer-by gave him an Australian dollar.

He said: “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.”

Acting! Desmond? But seriously, this makes sense. I don’t even know why this is a news story. The only thing that is surprising about it is that it hasn’t happened before. Look at him:

I’m just saying, if the town threw a Bum Look-Alike Contest, Ian McKellen would definitely place.

Oh, and shame on the newspaper for RECREATING the magical moment when Ian McKellen was mistaken for a bum. That photo is as annoying as it is staged. We know what bums look like? And we know what putting money in hats looks like? We could definitely have just used a publicity photo and our magical imaginations on that one. A rare miss, Telegraph UK Photo Editor. (Thanks for the tip, Westley.)