Ian McKellen, 84, reveals he FLED a plastic surgeon after being put off by the gory details of a facelift: ‘I’m used to being the oldest person I know!’
Sir Ian McKellen has recalled the horrifying moment he fled a plastic surgeron’s office afer hearing the gory details of a procedure he’d considered.
The legendary actor recounted how he decided to visit a plastic surgeon to enquire about a facelift, however he was put off after learning what the procedure entails.
Best known for playing Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings series, the star said he was tired of the lines around his eyes and his sagging cheeks so he booked to see a plastic surgeon.
However the 84-year-old has decided to embrace his ageing skin after he was told a facelift would involve them cutting through the muscle.
Speaking to The Mirror he said: ‘My face looks older than it did 40 years ago… so what? I wouldn’t consider surgery.
‘I was out of there like a shot’: Sir Ian McKellen, 84, has recalled the horrifying moment he fled a plastic surgeron’s office afer hearing the gory details of a procedure he’d considered
Yikes: The actor has decided to embrace his ageing skin after he was told a facelift would involve them cutting through the muscle
‘I did once – I went to see about getting rid of these jowls. The man began telling me what it entailed and said, “We cut through this muscle”. I was out of there like a shot.’
Ian discussed the process of ageing as he joked: ‘I’ve got used to being the oldest person I know.’
The star was recently seen as he took to the stage at the National Television Awards earlier this month to present actress Sarah Lancashire with a Special Recognition award.
The star looked incredibly sprightly in a off-white suit with a black and white checked tie, yet he confessed that his house is already equipped with a lift for when his knees are less mobile.
In 2016 Ian criticised those celebrities who choose to aesthetically tweak their appearance, he said: ‘What’s wrong with a few wrinkles? What are you trying to be? It’s a dreadful sort of arrogance to think, “I need a little tuck here and I’ll be back to what I was.”
‘Your experience makes you older. If experience is expressed in your face, what’s wrong with that?’
Recently Sir Ian opened up about his sexuality and reflected on his experience of coming out publicly in 1988.
‘For me, coming out was an absolute revelation. I realised the oppression I’d been under whereas before I accepted it, like slaves do.
Dapper: The star looked incredibly sprightly in a off-white suit with a black and white checked tie as he attended the NTAs earlier this month
Throwback: Sir Ian talked about how he had chosen to embrace his age (pictured as David Masterman in ‘Country Matters – Craven Arms’ TV Show in 1972)
‘If you’ve been oppressed, when you’re released, you realise how stupid and cruel it was and how daft other people behave.
‘The shame of being gay is something a lot of gay people will say they’ve experienced. It comes from other people, not yourself, which they visit on you and you accept.
‘Even today there are moments I have to think, “Am I going to have to watch my language or am I going to be myself?”
‘There are Premier League footballers who are unable to say they’re gay. So it’s astonishing today that people who are so confident on the field and so successful in life are frightened.’