Gay rights advocate, acting legend and star of ‘The Hobbit’ Sir Ian McKellen says he would love to get married in New Zealand.
Speaking in a video message to a conference in Wellington, the British actor said he supported the ‘exciting prospect’ of marriage equality.
‘I hope that by the time I get back to Middle Earth I might even be able to get married,’ GayNZ reports he said.
McKellen, who has spent years in New Zealand playing the role of the wizard Gandalf in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies, referred to the country as his ‘spiritual home’.
He said as New Zealand was the first country to give women the vote, the world has looked to it for ‘social advancement’.
The 73-year-old actor was unable to attend the world premiere of first Hobbit film in Wellington as he had been touring schools in England for gay rights charity Stonewall.
‘Nothing in life is more important to me than helping gay young people realize there are better days ahead of them,’ he says in an anti-bullying video.
‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is released worldwide on 13 December 2012.