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Sir Ian McKellen has revealed that he has been fighting prostate cancer for at least six years. The X-Men actor revealed the news just before getting ready to attend the UK premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
McKellen spoke to The Sun Sunday, telling the tabloid that he has been fighting the life-threatening disease for “six or seven years now.”
“You do gulp when you hear the news,” he explained. “It’s like when you go for an HIV test — you go 'Argh, is this the end of the road?’ You monitor it and you have to be careful it doesn’t spread.”
He revealed that he discovered something was wrong with his body after he began running to the bathroom too often at night. He then went to the doctors. “They say you can have it zapped. You can have it snipped but you’re not a candidate for that. You are ‘waitful watching.’”
McKellen assured his fans that the cancer is under control. “I am examined regularly and it’s contained,” he said. “It’s not spreading. I’ve not had any treatment.”
McKellen returns to Middle Earth as Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy. He earned a supporting Oscar nomination for playing the role in the first Lord of the Rings film in 2002. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters Friday.
Just last month, director Bryan Singer revealed that McKellen will return to the X-Men franchise for Days of Future Past to play Magneto. Patrick Stewart will also be back to star as Professor X.