Sir Ian McKellen has said he thinks about death every day and has already planned his own funeral, The Sunday Times has reported.
The 78-year-old, who turns 79 next month, made the comments in the upcoming documentary “McKellen: Playing the Part”, which is set to be released in cinemas to coincide with his birthday.
The film is 96 minutes long and will be based on 14 hours of interviews with the beloved “Lord of the Rings” star.
Insisting he would like his memorial to “take place in a celebratory way in a theatre,” McKellen shared: “[It’ll be] free admission. And I’d want a lot of beautiful people.”
The actor even said that after he’d finished planning the service, he thought, Ooh, I’d love to go to that funeral.
He then teased, “So I hope I might arrange a dress rehearsal before I go.”
McKellen also said he often thinks about his own fate, admitting: ”As I see other people getting decrepit and unable to work, I think, Well, that may well happen to me…”
However, showing no signs of retiring just yet, he added: “But in the meantime why deny myself the pleasure of rehearsing a play?”
McKellen’s latest comments come after he suggested that he’d be up for reprising his role of Gandalf in the upcoming “Lord of the Rings” Amazon series.
Chatting with Graham Norton on BBC Radio 2, the longtime actor refused to humour the idea of anyone else playing Gandalf on the screen. “What do you mean, another Gandalf?” McKellen said. “I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked.
“But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it?” he continued. “Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I’m not too old.”