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Fake Gandalf Bumps Into Real Gandalf

Updated: May 12, 2023

A man celebrating his birthday dressed as Gandalf from Lord of the Rings was on a pub crawl when he suddenly bumped into Sir Ian McKellen.

Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf
Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf | Wikipedia

Tolkien super-fan Ben Coyles was out marking his 22nd birthday when he ran into the famous British actor who played the part. Fake Gandalf meets real Gandalf!

McKellen, who portrayed Gandalf the wizard in the blockbuster film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit), was in the English city of Bristol for a stage role.

Ben was walking to the next celebratory bar with a group of friends when they turned a corner and, almost literally, bumped into the Oscar-nominated man himself.

Almost in shock, Ben’s friends managed to take a couple photos for him featuring his hero.

“We had no idea he would be there,” said one of Ben's friends, en route to their penultimate pub.

“So, it was really bizarre,” said Ben, a music student at the University of Bristol. “I didn’t recognize him immediately, then I was like ‘OH MY GOD, IT’S SIR IAN MCKELLEN!’



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