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Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen

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Ian McKellen, wedding officiant? A positively magnetic idea, Patrick Stewart says.

The thesp behind Magneto's alter ego in the big-screen version of X-Men reveals that he's been tapped to officiate at the upcoming wedding of his pal Stewart—with whom he costarred in the hit superhero flicks—to singer Sunny Ozell.

McKellen shared the news during an appearance on U.K.'s Jonathan Ross Show, and it turns out the 73-year-old has got some bona fides when it comes to overseeing weddings.

"I'm going to marry Patrick," he said. "I am going to officiate at his wedding."

When pressed about whether he had the right qualifications for the job, he said: "In Massachusetts—we're in the middle of America somewhere—you get anybody along, a friend, and I read out the words, and Sunny and Patrick will then be married. I declare you man and wife."

Apparently, this isn't the first time McKellen's taken on the task—he said he'd "done it once before with two guys having a civil partnership" in the U.K., which left the actor "crying my eyes out."

As for his getup, McKellen said that the last time, he donned a "sort of gown, a white...something I bought in India."

The look, he quipped, was "rather fetching," before cracking, "You mustn't upstage the bride." Or Professor X himself, for that matter!

The wedding will prove to be another reunion of sorts for McKellen and Stewart: They're both set to reprise their superhero roles in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, which comes to theaters in July 2014.