What Ian McKellen Likes About Getting Older

The bright side of aging.

Mr. Holmes, has earned out actor Ian McKellen critical accolades and the prospect of a Best Actor nomination.

Directed by Gods and Monsters filmmaker Bill Condon, Holmes sees McKellen playing the legendary sleuth as a retired 93-year-old, chasing an old mystery and grappling with dementia.

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In an interview with The New York Times, though, McKellen admitted there’s at least one upside to being in his golden years.

“I’ll tell you one of the nicest things about being older is if you’re invited out, and there’s a comfortable chair, you can make for it and sit in it,” he explains.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14:  Sir Ian McKellen speaks at Apple Store Soho on July 14, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
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“The other day on the Tube a pregnant woman stood up for me. That’s going far too far. But if a child is sitting down and taking a place on its wretched iPhone, [I think], ’Why don’t you stay at home'”

We love that Sir Ian calls a callow youth “it.”

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Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.