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How Sir Ian McKellen handles a stalker
[from Contact Music]
Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen once got rid of a persistent stalker - by ignoring the disturbed individual.
The Oscar nominee, 64, decided to make sure the over-zealous fan understood there was no chance of a personal relationship with the actor.
McKellen explains, "I have had a bad case of being followed around but fortunately the misplaced enthusiasm faded once it was made clear that it was not reciprocated by me.
"Actors hope to entertain audiences by moving their emotions and shifting their perceptions.
"This only gets dangerous when stalkers get things wrong, confusing their fantasies with the effect that actors' performance have on them."
Published August 6, 2004