The British actor Sir Ian Mckellen, known for his role as the wizard Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings,” has recently taken a selfie with a fan in Lviv, Ukraine.
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An image showing the British actor Sir Ian Mckellen, known for his role as the wizard Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings,” with a fan has gone viral. The image was purportedly taken recently in Lviv, Ukraine.
Social media users alleged that the actor has recently visited Ukraine to support it during the ongoing war.
Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be misleading.
The famous actor Sir Ian McKellen denied the claim via his official Twitter account.
Moreover, a reverse image check allowed Misbar’s team to trace the photo to a Facebook post shared on November 30, 2021. The photo was taken by a fan in London.
Stars Supporting Ukraine
Throughout the ongoing conflict, many celebrities have openly supported Ukraine. Angelina Jolie recently made headlines for her surprise visit to Ukraine to express solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
An international social media rally led by global artists, entertainers, athletes, and advocates raised billions of dollars in aid for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and refugee support. According to DW, stars such as Billie Eilish, Madonna, Celine Dion, Katy Perry, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Bruce Springsteen called for donations and other forms of assistance for those inside Ukraine as well as those who have fled in "Stand Up for Ukraine."