Ian McKellen Turned Down $1.5 Million to Officiate Sean Parker’s Wedding as Gandalf

“I said, ‘I am sorry, Gandalf doesn’t do weddings,'” “Lord of the Rings” actor says

Last Updated: August 22, 2016 @ 3:11 PM

Sorry, “Lord of the Rings” fans, but Gandalf can’t be bought.

Sir Ian McKellen, who famously played the wizard in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” film trilogies, revealed that he was offered a substantial sum to reprise the role — just not onscreen.

“I was offered $1.5 million to marry a very famous couple in California, which I would perhaps have considered doing but I had to go dressed as Gandalf,” McKellen told The Daily Mail. “So I said, ‘I am sorry. Gandalf doesn’t do weddings.'”

According to the Mail, the couple in question was Silicon Valley legend Sean Parker and Alexandra Lenas, who spent a reported $10 million on a Tolkien wedding back in 2013.

Of course, officiating a wedding isn’t outside McKellen’s range of talents. Back in 2013, he famously led the service when his longtime friend and “X-Men” co-star Sir Patrick Stewart tied the knot with Sunny Ozell.

McKellen has taken a step back from high-profile projects in recent years, however. After appearing in “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” in 2014, the legendary English actor appeared in the period drama “Mr. Holmes” as detective Sherlock Holmes and in “The Dresser” opposite Anthony Hopkins.