However, he has refused to do it claiming he can no longer undergo the extensive and often painful make-up process. “I"ve already been asked and to be honest with you I wouldn"t. I have already completely ruled it out," the Daily Express quoted him as saying.
He added: “There"s a sentimental part of me that would love to be involved again. Really I am not sure my face can take that sort of punishment any more." However, Sir Ian McKellen will reprise the role of wizard Gandalf in The Hobbit.