In the middle of this Sunday's Times Arts & Leisure profile of Ian McKellen, writer Alan Riding notes the following:

After our conversation this reporter was invited to accompany him while he changed from jeans and sweater into his Lear costume to record a scene used to publicize the production's Antipodean tour. And, at a glance, it seemed evident that he is an actor who still works out.

We're all for participatory journalism, but, wow... dude got a glimpse of Gandalf's staff! Hot!

Every Inch a King (and Buff, Too) [NYT] [Image: Jocelyn Carlin/Panos]