Belfast Telegraph

Ian McKellen: Never give up

Sir Ian McKellen thinks there is always more to discover about yourself and the world.

The iconic actor has twice been nominated for an Oscar, and is one of the most respected names in cinema.

Despite nearing his 80th year, Ian shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, his latest role of playing an elderly Sherlock Holmes has made him even more determined to work.

"Well I've just turned 76 and he's 93 so I think, 'Oh, a bit more time to carry on'," Ian smiled to Cover Media.

"Well, I think, don't give up really, even right to the end there's more you can discover about yourself and the world. That would be a good motto for an old person to have. And the old people that I know that are keeping at it, really are enjoying their lives. Even with all the aches and pains."

Mr. Holmes follows sleuth Sherlock as he lives out his older years away from solving crimes. However one unsolved case still haunts him.

Sherlock is one of the world's most famous literary characters and has been helmed by actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr. in recent years. Following in their footsteps was no problem for Ian.

"It's not as difficult, or remarkable, or puzzling to play a character that so many others have played, as you might think," he revealed. "When I played Hamlet, if you started thinking about all the people that have played Hamlet, you'd never step on to the stage. But you do, because you know that so many people that have played Hamlet have had a success. It's a wonderful part, so don't deny yourself the possibility of discovering Hamlet inside yourself. Or discovering something that nobody else has noted.

"So here we are now with Sherlock Holmes, another famous part that many people have played. The difference is that my Holmes is a script that no one else has done."

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