McKellen poses on the red carpet at the 12th edition of the Rome Film Fest, Nov. 1, 2017.
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Sir Ian McKellen says his role as King Lear in an upcoming London production may be his last major Shakespeare role but he has no plans on retiring, as long as his knees and memory hold out.McKellen is playing Lear in a production at London's Duke of York Theatre starting in July, reprising a role he played for the Royal Shakespeare Co. a decade ago.The new film focuses on McKellen's famous roles and on his gay rights activism.Stephenson said he wanted to show younger audiences, who might know McKellen from his role as Gandalf in Peter Jackson's six Tolkien adaptations or as Magneto in the "X-Men" films, that there was more to the actor.
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