Lord Of The Rings Star Sir Ian McKellen Has Already Planned His Funeral And Memorial Service

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Ian McKellen, a recipient of every major theatrical award in the UK and a leader for equality, is a truly remarkable persona.

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A new cinema event, celebrating his achievements, will be broadcast live in cinemas across the UK.

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The event will show the premiere of McKellen: Playing the Part, which is a film directed by Joe Stephenson that follows a 14-hour interview with Sir Ian talking about the story of his success from the very beginning.

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The film will include the diaries written by the actor when he was 12 years old and a Q&A with him about his life.

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The 78-year-old actor also talked about the prospect of death that he often contemplates about.

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The Lord Of The Rings star revealed that he once has spent the whole evening planning his funeral.

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Sir Ian even created a “wish list” for the event and a service to commemorate his life. Opening up about his funeral plans in a documentary, McKellen: Playing the Part, Sir Ian said that it had been “the most enjoyable evening” thinking about how it would be like.

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The actor, who turns 79 next month, wants his life to be celebrated. He also expressed the desire to have a memorial in a theatre. He said:

I would like the memorial to take place in a celebratory way – in a theatre. Free admission. And I’d want a lot of beautiful people.

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The British cultural icon admitted that after planning the event, he wished he would be able to attend it:

And when I finished this I thought, 'Ooh, I'd love to go to that funeral. So I hope I might arrange a dress rehearsal before I go.

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McKellen: Playing the Part will be hosted by Graham Norton and screened at London's BFI Southbank on 27 May at 3 pm.

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