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‘Gandalf’ refused $1.5M to officiate Napster founder’s wedding

'Gandalf’ refused $1.5M to officiate Napster founder’s wedding

Sir Ian McKellen was offered $1.5 million to dress up as Gandalf from “The Lord of the Rings” movies and officiate at the wedding of a Facebook billionaire — but he turned it down.

Napster founder and first Facebook president Sean Parker asked the actor three years ago to play dress up at his lavish, $7.5million wedding to singer Alexandra Lenas, The Daily Mail reported Saturday.

Sean Parker and singer wife Alexandra Lenas

Napster tycoon Parker spent £7.5million on his lavish wedding to singer Alexandra Lenas

Gandalf sent his regrets.

“I was offered one-and-a-half million dollars to marry a very famous couple in California, which I would perhaps have considered doing, but I had to go dressed as Gandalf,” McKellen told the Mail.

“So I said, ‘I am sorry, Gandalf doesn’t do weddings.’”

Gandalf would have been right at home.

Parker’s wedding was staged in a redwood forest in Big Sur, Calif., attended by 364 guests, each custom-fitted in Tolkien-styled costumes, according to Vanity Fair’s coverage at the time.

Guests included Sting, Sean Lennon, Emma Watson, and enough Internet tycoons to fill Silicon Valley.

The award-winning McKellen is famous for his portrayals of Gandalf and the X-Men movies’ Magneto.

But it was at McKellen’s current theater gig — alongside Patrick Stewart in “No Man’s Land” in London — that the Mail caught up with him.

“I don’t go dressing up,” he explained of turning down the lucrative gig. “Except in plays and things at places like this.”




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