At 79, Ian McKellen says he has no plans to give up acting

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, actor Ian McKellen poses on the red carpet at the 12th edition of the Rome Film Fest, in Rome. McKellen is starring as King Lear in a London production that begins a four-month run in July. McKellen is getting a career and life retrospective through a new documentary called “McKellen: Playing The Part.” (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, actor Ian McKellen poses on the red carpet at the 12th edition of the Rome Film Fest, in Rome. McKellen is starring as King Lear in a London production that begins a four-month run in July. McKellen is getting a career and life retrospective through a new documentary called “McKellen: Playing The Part.” (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, actor Ian McKellen poses on the red carpet at the 12th edition of the Rome Film Fest, in Rome. McKellen is starring as King Lear in a London production that begins a four-month run in July. McKellen is getting a career and life retrospective through a new documentary called “McKellen: Playing The Part.” (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

LONDON — Ian McKellen says he has no plans to retire from acting, but his upcoming performances as King Lear on a London stage may be his last time playing a major Shakespeare role.

The 79-year-old actor tells The Associated Press he wants to continue acting as long as his knees — and mind — remain intact.

McKellen is starring as Lear in a London production that begins a four-month run in July.

He says the part allows him to reflect on the journey of an old man, one that feels very personal to him.

McKellen is also getting a career and life retrospective through a new documentary called "McKellen: Playing The Part."

The documentary, which airs in the UK and Scandinavia on May 27, focuses not only on McKellen's famous roles, but also his activism for gay rights.

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