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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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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