Ian McKellen hits the cobblestone effect carpet with his 'Mr Holmes' co-stars and gets support from his friend, Patrick Stewart, at the London premiere of the film. (Rough cut - no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Ian McKellen joined his co-stars at a mock-up Baker Street for the UK premiere of 'Mr Holmes' in London on Wednesday (June 10), in which Bill Condon (Kinsey, Gods and Monsters) directs the British acting legend in one of cinema's most iconic roles - Sherlock Holmes - though not as many might imagine the British detective. Many have watched Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr play younger and more energetic versions of Sherlock on television and in film in recent years, but the Sherlock McKellen portrays is an elderly bee keeper with early signs of dementia, who at the age of 93 has long since retired from solving cases. Holmes is still unable to let go of his past though, desperate to recall an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman, which ultimately led to his retirement. Mckellan, 76, said that the audience wouldn't be disappointed with his portrayal of Holmes, as there have been so many. The British actor, whose notable film roles include Gandalf in 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' trilogies and Magneo in the 'X-Men' films, said that he could imagine retirement - but would not be "giving up". 'Mr Holmes' is due for release in the UK on June 19.