“Hobbit” Star Ian McKellan Reveals He Has Cancer

Sad news, it seems, has hit Middle Earth. Sir Ian McKellen, award-winning thespian and star of such blockbuster franchises as “Lord of the Rings” and “X-Men,” has revealed that he is suffering from prostate cancer.

Although the news sounds scary, in actuality the star of the upcoming “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has apparently been battling the cancer for six or seven years and is very optimistic that it won’t take him out.

“When you have got it, you monitor it, and you have to be careful it doesn’t spread,” the knighted actor said of his affliction. “But if it is contained in the prostate, it’s no big deal.”

There are 241,740 new cases of prostate cancer in the US every year, but only about 28,170 deaths as a result. Screenings are highly recommended, as early detection and treatment is vital.

Despite the fact that McKellen has been ill for some time, he has not been required to receive any radiation or even surgery for the cancer. Still, he is taking the diagnosis seriously. “Many, many die from it,” he reasoned. “But it’s one of the cancers that is totally treatable, so I have ‘wasteful watching.’ I am examined regularly and it’s just contained, it’s not spreading.”

Honestly, his fans are probably more upset about this news than the 73-year old appears to be! It’s not scientifically proven that having a good attitude will help people overcome illness, but it certainly can’t hurt.

Besides playing the good wizard Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the now-launching “Hobbit” series of prequels, McKellen is also slated to return as the villainous mutant Magneto in the next “X-Men” film, entitled “Days of Future Past.”

But the actor is no mere fanboy favorite – a two time Oscar nominee and three time Oscar nominee, he has played everyone from King Lear to James Whale in one of this blogger’s most favorite films, “Gods and Monsters.”

Sir McKellen, please get better soon! We’re not ready to face a cineplex without you!

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