Ian McKellen: “I’ve Had Prostate Cancer For Six or Seven Years” (UPDATE)
UPDATE 1: Strange! Later on December 11, Sir Ian's agent told ABCNews that Ian does not have prostate cancer and the original UK tabloid reports were "taken out of context and from an interview years ago."
UPDATE 2: Even stranger! On December 13, Sir Ian reportedly released a statement (via RumorFix): "There have been new reports in the press of the old news that I have early prostate cancer. This was diagnosed six or seven years ago. There is no cause for alarm. I am examined regularly and the cancer is contained. I’ve not needed any treatment."
We always knew he had super strength! Sir Ian McKellen — known for playing Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as well as Magneto in the X-Men series — just shared some health news with the UK's Daily Mirror.
"I've had prostate cancer for six or seven years," Sir Ian said (via Reuters). "When you have got it you monitor it and you have to be careful it doesn't spread. But if it is contained in the prostate it's no big deal." He said he's examined regularly and it's contained, so he's not had any treatment. "I have heard of people dying from prostate cancer, and they are the unlucky ones, the people who didn't know they had got it and it went on the rampage,” he said. "But at my age if it is diagnosed it's not life threatening."
Sir Ian is now 73, and he said he does Pilates regularly, as well as walking up the stairs instead of taking escalators, etc. But he admitted he does have aches and pains. "I just got hearing aids, I am going to have a cataract removed from my eyes, I am having an implant in my mouth, I am dealing with the prostate... [But] I am absolutely fine, thank you very much!"
Good for him! He's going strong on and off screen — including with the first film in The Hobbit series, which opens this Friday, December 14.