There's no sex in Middle Earth.
I used to think 'King Lear' was an analysis of insanity, but I don't really think it is. When Lear is supposed to be at his most insane, he is actually understanding the world for the first time.
'Lord of the Rings' was about saving the world, big time, big duties.
If you've been in a film that's seen by millions and millions and millions of people, you're more likely to be recognized for that than for your theater performances, which were seen by considerably less people. Why would I get upset by that?
I'm the sort of person who doesn't write in ink. I only write in pencil, so it can be rubbed out.
I'm not someone who wears shades all the time and ducks into a darkened car in case I'm recognized - that would be absolute misery.
I certainly wouldn't define myself as a northerner. I'm not even really sure what that means. I've lived in London for 50 years. I wasn't born here, but I have spent most of my life here. So I don't make much of it, to be honest. I'm just myself.
When I've been asked what should be on my gravestone, I've said: 'Here lies Gandalf. He came out.' Two big achievements.
In the '50s and '60s, the life of a gay man was a secret. Homosexuality was illegal, so you didn't draw attention to yourself.
Gandalf is ever-present in my life. I like it.
Why do you act? You act for an audience. In the theatre, you're in their presence. Film stars don't know what it is to have an audience.
I'm not quite as cool as I would like to be, really.
I have lots of fans, they are mostly under the age of 12, boys and girls.
If I was a star, it would be difficult to go off and do 'Coronation Street.' So I guess I'm not a star.
I don't really like being with people my own age for long periods, because all we talk about is our decrepitude, how the world is changing for the worse even though it isn't.
The spirit of the four hobbits in 'Lord of the Rings,' I suppose I miss that.
There is a fantasy as old as the modern gay rights movement that if all our skins turned lavender overnight, the majority, confounded by our numbers and our diversity, and recognising a few of our faces, would at once let go of prejudice forevermore.
I think with Shakespeare you can be required to do absolutely anything at the turn of a sixpence - suddenly you go into a battle, suddenly you utter something passionate.
I got intrigued by working in small theatres.
I love musicals; I love the ballet, opera, the circus. It's all performance to me.
I've always had very catholic tastes.