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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…

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Ian McKellen Calls Out 'Dark-Hearted' Homophobic Beauty And The Beast Haters! Quote Of The Day!

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"For people to complain about it and say they don't want to see it is absolute rubbish. And I'm afraid they're dark-hearted people who I don't pay any attention to."

- Sir Ian McKellen on the controversy over Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast having a gay moment.

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

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!

Related: Katy Perry & Orlando Go To Disneyland Shanghai!

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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Ian McKellen Was Offered $1.5 Million To Officiate A Wedding Dressed Gandalf From Lord Of The Rings — Find Out Which Celeb He Turned Down!

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We guess Gandalf is done with the whole ring thing!

Part of the reason we love Ian McKellen so much is the elderly actor has proven time and time again that he marches to the beat of his own drum — he even turned down Taylor Swift's squad!

And now we're learning he turned down a shocking $1.5 million just to officiate a wedding!

Related: Tom Hiddleston Reunites With Chris Hemsworth On The Set Of Thor: Ragnarok!

Okay, so it wasn't just ANY wedding, as Sean Parker, former Facebook president and creator of Napster, apparently offered McKellen close to

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Beauty And The Beast Invites You To Be A Guest In FIRST Trailer For Live Action Remake With Emma Watson — Watch!

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When it comes to remakes or reboots, we aren't always on board with Hollywood going back and recreating some of our favorite flicks — but Disney is a different story!

After making live action versions of both Cinderella, and most recently The Jungle Book, the famed movie studio has set its sights on Beauty and the Beast, and now we have our FIRST trailer!

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But if you're still not sold, you might be interested to learn that Harry Potter's Emma Watson is playing Belle and the flick also stars Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen, Kevin Kline, and Josh Gad!

Ch-ch-check out the magical first trailer (below) and let us know if you'll be catching Beauty and the Beast when it hits theaters March 17, 2017!

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