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'Star Wars' Actor Sir Alec Guinness Begged Ian McKellen Not To Speak About Anything ‘As Dirty As Homosexuality’

Ian mckellen says alec guinness was a self loathing bisexual

Speaking at a June 25 gala dinner for LGBTI Pride hosted by London’s Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf, Ian McKellen said that Star Wars actor Sir Alec Guinness begged him not to campaign for gay rights.

In a recent interview alongside Patrick Stewart with British TV's Channel 4, McKellen compared the mutants in the X-Men movies to gays, black people and Jews treated harshly by “a society that doesn’t completely understand them.”

Guinness, who is probably best known for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars, is reported to have had male partners and to have been arrested in 1946 for a public sex act, despite being married.

Speaking at the historic event, held for the first time in the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House, McKellen alluded to his fellow actor’s bisexuality:

“Alec Guinness took me out to lunch and said: ‘You really should not, as a leading actor, have anything to do with anything political, especially anything as dirty as homosexuality. I beg you not to do it.’ That was self-hatred.”

McKellen also said that his wish for the future is for a professional British soccer player to come out as gay, adding: “My preference is that he is cute.”

Woolf, who is only the second female Lord Mayor of London since 1189, has dedicated her year in office to promoting diversity. Speaking about the historic significance of an LGBTI dinner being held in Mansion House, she said:

“This is a clear statement of intent by the mayoralty and the City of London Corporation. Our responsibility is to capture the benefits of diversity for the city and for business. The business case is clear and the moral case is obvious. To be yourself and not someone you are not is a human right.”

Eurovisioner winner Conchita Wurst will headline the main Pride event in London's Trafalgar Square tomorrow.

Watch the Channel 4 interview with McKellen and Stewart, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Correction:
    Sir Alec Guinness Begged Sir Ian McKellen ....

    Posted by: simon | Jun 27, 2014 3:10:09 PM


  2. "McKellen also said that his wish for the future is for a professional British soccer player to come out as gay, adding: “My preference is that he is cute.”

    Of course, because if he is not "cute", he is a totally worthless human being in the eyes of the vast majority of gay men.

    Yep, that about sums it up--and that attitude, as you can see, endures even in gay men who, like McKellen, are ancient and who are far beyond having any claim to physical attractiveness any more, themselves.

    What a screwed up culture.

    Posted by: Rixk | Jun 27, 2014 3:19:49 PM


  3. Yes, appreciating beauty is limited to the gays. It's in the Bible or something.

    Posted by: Josh | Jun 27, 2014 3:40:09 PM


  4. Rixk: That was obviously a joke, but simple minds just don't understand irony or sarcasm

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jun 27, 2014 3:49:09 PM


  5. Looks like Rick misspelled his name today. No matter. We knew it was him based on the absurd generalizations and vile opinions expressed. What a pathetic creature he is.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jun 27, 2014 4:20:58 PM


  6. LOL

    I think you're right TYLER. LOL He just goes and on and on and on.

    Sorry, to hear about Sir Alec Guinness' attitude. But remember he came from a totally different time period. Still, he gave us some of the greatest screen performances as a character actor ever--totally.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 27, 2014 4:34:26 PM


  7. Rixk instead of covering all four letters just went for one. Anyway he has something to hide.
    "Cute" or beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Unless he specified what is "cute". Generalization much?

    Posted by: simon | Jun 27, 2014 4:51:28 PM


  8. I wonder if he begged on his knees.

    Posted by: Richard | Jun 27, 2014 4:52:17 PM


  9. What a pleasure to see these two exceptional gents so enjoying their friendship.

    Posted by: Make it So | Jun 27, 2014 5:22:54 PM


  10. "Rick, that was obviously a joke, but simple minds don't understand irony or sarcasm"

    No, I am quite sure it was not a joke at all, sad to say.

    "Yes, appreciating beauty is limited to the gays"

    No, but damning any male human being who is not physically attractive pretty much is limited to the gays.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 27, 2014 5:33:27 PM


  11. So in a contest between Michael Gambon, who plays a gay wizard in the movies, and Ian McKellen, who is a gay man famous for - among other things - playing a wizard in the movies, and Alec Guiness, who may have been a bi man famous for - again, among other things - paying a space wizard in the movies ... who would win a Wizard's Duel???

    These, ladies and gents, are the pressing questions.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jun 27, 2014 6:26:38 PM


  12. Rick:
    Don't be discouraged. As lady Gaga said: You are beautiful your way. The only thing to do is to get rid of that ugliness inside.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 27, 2014 6:37:57 PM


  13. @Derrick from Philly: Just to add something, while Alec Guiness' attitude may have been due to the repression that existed for much of his life, he may have been trying to give a friend advise for that friend's benefit.

    Too bad some other actors didn't follow the "stay out of politics" advise, Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger in particular.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 27, 2014 7:04:34 PM


  14. ZLICK - I suppose you could throw Ian McKellen in again as Magneto, a mutant with supernatural abilities played by a gay actor.

    I would like to vote for Gandalf, one of my favorite heroic characters of all time. But his powers were always so understated. The jedis (jedies?) had some bad-ass powers, especially in the later-filmed movies. But I guess my money's on Dumbledore.

    Posted by: Icarus | Jun 27, 2014 8:41:48 PM


  15. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are two great actors and utterly delightful men from whom we can all learn a lot.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 27, 2014 9:50:40 PM


  16. Guinness to McKellen: IT'S A TRAP!!!!

    Posted by: AFFICIONADO | Jun 28, 2014 7:51:25 AM


  17. rixk is right but it's also a larger cultural thing

    Posted by: jaker | Jun 28, 2014 3:54:13 PM


  18. @RIXK - THANK YOU!!!! GAYS LIKE HIM ALWAYS SCREAM OF EQUAL RIGHTS AND BIGOTRY BUT LOOK WHAT HE SAYS!!! AND THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T LIKE GAYS BECAUSE OF THE FEAR OF SEXUAL PERVERSION!!!

    Posted by: SHUT UP | Jun 29, 2014 2:13:52 AM


  19. I think I prefer McKellen's way of bantering to Rick et al. At least he does it with a wink and a smile.

    Posted by: radioredrafts | Jun 29, 2014 6:22:19 AM


  20. @RIXK- THANK YOU!! GAYS ARE SO PICKY AND WANT EVERYTHING WE HAVE LIKE RIGHTS AND STUFF. THEY ARE TRYING TO BE PERVERTED, BUT CAN'T BECAUSE THERE ISN'T A WEAKER SEX!!!

    Posted by: SHUT UP | Jun 29, 2014 6:24:39 PM


  21. Sir Alec was aware that Lawrence of Arabia was a big ol' 'mo, right?

    Posted by: Queer Supremacist | Jul 6, 2014 1:45:12 PM


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