'Lord of the Rings' star Ian McKellen has planned his funeral, thinks about 'death every day'

Ian McKellen in real life (left) and him playing the role of Gandalf in 'The Lord of the Rings' movie series (right). Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Apr 16, 2018, 07.00 PM (IST)

Veteran English actor who is popular for his role in The Lord of the Rings as Gandalf or as Magneto in X-Men franchise reveals that he thinks about his death “every day”. 

As reported in PTI, the 78-year-old star has planned his funeral and memorial service which he wants to be held in a theatre in a "celebratory way". He has even spent a whole evening making a "wish list" for the final service to acknowledge his life journey. 

According to an upcoming documentary titled "McKellen: Playing The Part", Ian said he did not want religion involved in his funeral. He said, "And 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. 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."

"As I see other people getting decrepit and unable to work, I think, well, that may well happen to me... But in the meantime why deny myself the pleasure of rehearsing a play?" he added