British actor Sir Ian McKellen says he probably won't marry after gay marriage is legalized in Britain and New Zealand.

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 Telegraph.

“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!'”