The 81-year-old actor remembered for roles as Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has set an example with his decision to get vaccinated and encourages the rest of the population to do so as well.

“Anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have received prior vaccinations. This is how strong Sir Ian McKellen has been after getting the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, which is supplied in the UK. The 81-year-old actor who played Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies has set an example and encourages the rest of the population to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“It is a very special day, I feel euphoric (…) Of course, it doesn’t hurt at all. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone, “said the veteran actor who said he felt” euphoric “and” lucky ” to have had the opportunity to get the vaccine at Queen Mary University Hospital in London.

“I hope that, as more people get vaccinated, we move on the path back to a more normal way of life,” said the legendary actor who shared several images from the moment of his vaccination.

An image, that of the actor receiving the COVID vaccine, has gone around the world and has had a special impact among McKellen fans, also known for his role as Magneto in “X-Men”, the mutant saga based on Marvel characters.

Both characters, both Tolkien’s magician and the mutant capable of controlling metal have become a trending topic on social media after McKellen’s vaccination.

“Do you know what Gandalf has said to the coronavirus? You can’t pass! ”,“ Gandalf always giving life lessons ”or“ These are Gandalf’s antibodies fighting after receiving the vaccine ”, are some of the ingenious messages and memes with which the tweeters have received the news.

There was also room for jokes about conspiracy theories: “Ian McKellen got the COVID vaccine. “Bill Gates now controls Magneto / Gandalf with his 5G from hell.”

In a few days, McKellen will receive the second and last dose of the vaccine, therefore, and as he wrote, “The next time I come, well, no, six days after I come, I will give you all a big hug ( medical staff), is it allowed? I don’t know, ”he commented on social networks.