British actor Sir Ian McKellen says he
probably won't marry after gay marriage is legalized in Britain and
McKellen is known for playing Gandalf
in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies,
movies which were filmed in New Zealand. And he has been linked
romantically to at least one New Zealander, Nick Cuthell.
“If there are gay people who want to
announce their devotion to each other, their commitment to each
other, their determination to live together and stick it out through
all of life's ups and downs – in other words, to be married –
then obviously I think it should be available to them,” McKellen
told the UK's The
“But I think it's probably not for me
– and I am not an unhappy person at all,” he added.
McKellen, 73, will play gay opposite
Sir Derek Jacobi in the upcoming ITV sitcom Vicious, which is
set to premiere this month.
“We're playing two old gay fellows
who have lived together for 50 years. The working title was
originally Vicious Old Queens. And when it was suggested to
me that I might be involved, I said, 'What on Earth do you mean? I'm
most offended – I'm not old!'”