Australian Mistakes Sir Ian McKellen for a Homeless Man

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Sir Ian McKellen may be more convincing at playing the hapless tramp Estragon in Waiting for Godot than even he knew.

The stage and screen star is currently rehearsing the play in Melbourne, Australia, after a successful run in London. According to the Telegraph, while recently sitting outside his theatre in costume, a passing stranger asked him if he needed help and gave him an Australian dollar.

The veteran actor joked, "I hope the Melbourne audiences will be as generous." McKellen said, "The dollar coin is now lodged between two drawing pins on the board above my dressing room mirror. My lucky talisman."

Waiting for Godot opened May 6 at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne. The production will also make stops in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.

— Thomas Peter

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