I've broken a career-long refusal to do commercials just three times, so far. I did a voice-over for a Stephen King book, shortly after filming his Apt Pupil and another promoting tours of the Tower of London.
I said yes to the new AgeUk campaign because I am aged and live in UK and know how lucky I am to be working, active and have many friends. Being directed again by Richard Loncraine was a bonus. Congratulations to whoever provided the old lady's voice to my lip-synch. -- Ian McKellen, Los Angeles, 2010.