Eddie Redmayne may be known for his brilliant acting prowess across the globe but Hollywood star Ian McKellen has revealed that the actor had auditioned for a part in his 1995 movie Richard III, but did not get through.
McKellen co-wrote, co-produced and starred in titular role in the British drama film directed by Richard Loncraine.
Richard III was adapted from William Shakespeare’s play of the same name.
The 76-year-old actor, who was speaking at a special screening of the film here last evening, said choosing the perfect cast was a challenge and quipped that in the process he had missed casting The Theory of Everything star.
“We missed the chance, when we were auditioning little kids for the film… A little boy came along and I met him not long ago. He said we have met before. I said ‘oh really we did?’ He said yes sir I came and auditioned and you didn’t give me the part. So I happen to turn down Eddie Redmayne’s first job,” McKellen said.