A Wigan film would be great for Sir Ian

Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen

SIR Ian McKellen would love to be in a film about his home town of Wigan.

The actor took part in a Twitter question and answer session and one fan asked whether he was a fan of George Orwell and whether he would like to play him.

And the loyal star said: “Excellent idea! He had a long face like me. His book Road to Wigan Pier is about the town where I was brought up.”

He added that he would love to play Stan Laurel and that if someone was to play his younger self in a film it would be Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston.

He said: “I think Tom Hiddleston could do a good job. He looks a bit like my father. Mind you, when I was Benedict Cumberbatch’s age I looked a lot like him.”

Meanwhile, the Lord of the Rings star spoke in support of Paris following the terrorist attack which killed 129 people last Friday.

Speaking to The Independent at the Governors Awards, he said: “Terrorists want to disrupt normality. If you want to do something about it, you carry on. Be normal, do what you have to do.”

A total of 23 people have been arrested following multiple attacks on bars, restaurants, a concert hall and a stadium in Paris on Friday, in which 129 people were killed.

And it seems Sir Ian is a fan of I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here.

He joined presenters Joe Swash and Lauren Whitmore on the ITV2 spin off show and said he was backing Union J band member George Shelley,

He said: “I met Union J at the Pride of Britain awards about a year ago and I went to see them on stage and we’ve hooked up since.

“He’s doing brilliantly. Of course he looks gorgeous but you know. George has inner strengths, mark my words - I think he’ll go right to the end.

“He hugs everybody. He is stronger than he seems. He may seem a little weak but there is a man in there and he’ll do well.

“As long as he’s smiling, he’ll be fine.”

Laura then asked if he would take a trip into the jungle and join next year’s series, to which he gave a firm no.

He said: “I am not going into any jungle. If I did I’ve have a pillow with me. I’d be no good because I’d have a pillow.”