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Ian McKellen Weighs In On Sexual Misconduct Scandals By Saying Actresses Would Offer Sex For Roles In The '60s

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There's no business like show business… and that's not always a good thing.

Recently, Ian McKellen gave a talk at the Oxford Union in England where he opened up about the sexual misconduct scandals rocking Hollywood.

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According to quotes obtained by DailyMail.com, the Lord Of The Rings star remembers a time in the early '60s where, he says, actresses felt the need to sleep with directors in order to bag roles.

He recalls:

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Sam Smith Tells Elton John He Almost Quit Making Music In Intimate Attitude Interview — 'I Started To Lose Myself'

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Sam Smith almost said goodbye to music during his extended hiatus.

In a new revealing interview for Attitude magazine, the 25-year-old singer opened up about his embarrassing Oscars flub, his competitive friendship with Ed Sheeran, and the heartbreak that left him feeling like he "didn't want to do it any more."

So let's start there.

Sam admitted he found it really difficult to channel his emotions into music after he was recently dumped.

Related: Sam Says He's 'Insanely Single'

He explained in the conversation casually led by Sir Elton John:

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Ian McKellen Reveals The 'Nonsense' Reason He Didn't Play Dumbledore In Harry Potter — Plus 12 Other Films That Almost Had Different Stars!

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Sir Ian McKellen's most iconic role is Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings films, but he could have played an all-powerful wizard from another beloved book-turned-movie series too!

That's right, the veteran actor was approached about taking over as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films following the 2002 death of the OG Richard Harris.

Making an appearance on BBC's HARDtalk show, the 77-year-old explained he couldn't take over Harris' role because he knew the late actor wasn't a fan of his acting abilities!

Host Stephen Sackur brought up the alleged quote by Harris, where he called McKellen and a few other actors "technically brilliant but passionless." While McKellen thinks Harris' critique is "nonsense," he still "couldn't take over the part from an actor who I'd known didn't approve of me."

Eventually, Michael Gambon took over as the Hogwarts Headmaster for the rest of the series. But McKellen doesn't have any hard feelings, quipping that Gandalf is "the real wizard." Ha!

And the shadiest, apparently! For more roles that could have been…

CLICK HERE to view "Movies That Almost Had Completely Different Stars!"

CLICK HERE to view "Movies That Almost Had Completely Different Stars!"

CLICK HERE to view "Movies That Almost Had Completely Different Stars!"

CLICK HERE to view "Movies That Almost Had Completely Different Stars!"

CLICK HERE to view "Movies That Almost Had Completely Different Stars!"

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Disney Drops First Trailer For Live Action Beauty & The Beast! Watch The Magic Come To More-Than-Provincial Life!

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It's here!

We've been looking forward to Disney's live action Beauty & The Beast ever since it was announced — especially knowing it would use the animated version's classic songs!

So do Emma Watson and Dan Stevens pull off Belle and Prince Adam? Is the magic there??

VOTE: Do You LOVE Or HATE The Beast's CGI Look?

Watch the first trailer (above), then be our guest and let us know what you think!

Beauty & The Beast also stars Kevin Kline, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Emma Thompson and hits theaters March 17, 2017.

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ICYMI: Orlando Bloom Reminds Us Of That Time The Lord Of The Rings Cast Got Matching Tattoos

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Ah, the good ol' days!

Orlando Bloom took us way, way back on Thursday as he shared a flashback to the time The Lord Of The Rings cast got matching tattoos!

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Taking to Instagram to remember the time he and his "fellowship" members — Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan, and Billy Boyd — got tattoos of the Elvish number nine in honor of the film, the 39-year-old posted:

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