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04/19/2007


Honorary Married Couple Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Play a Version of 'The Newlywed Game': VIDEO

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BFFs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen played a version of The Newlywed Game at a recent Buzzfeed Brews event (since they’re basically a married couple anyway).

See how well they know each other when asked to write down what Ian’s spirit animal is, what food Patrick can’t live without, what phrase or word Ian overuses, Patrick’s go-to karaoke song, what roles the other is dying to play.

Looks as though this happened back in February but for some reason it's having a bit of a revival now. Not to worry though - its entertainment value hasn't faded.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

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Michael Fassbender and Hugh Jackman Do Their Best Impressions of Ian McKellen: VIDEO

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During an interview for the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past (check out the stunning trailer HERE), Michael Fassbender and Hugh Jackman performed some excellent impressions of fellow X-Men star Ian McKellen.

Fassbender and McKellen both play Magneto in the film, and Fassbender's impression is pure genius. Jackman's is a bit less so, but still impressive. And James McAvoy demonstrated that he can pull off a laugh-inducing impression of Patrick Stewart.

Check out the giggles, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Sir Ian McKellen Says He Took On 'X-Men' Role Due To Gay Rights Allegory

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Sir Ian McKellen has been out since 1988, serving as one of the gay rights movement's most revered (and Oscar-nominated) celebrities. Now he has revealed that an appeal to gay rights was the reason he took on one of his more iconic roles. It is no surprise to movie-lovers that the "X-Men" film series could stand in as an allegory for civil rights battles, but knowing that Magneto may never have been embodied by McKellen makes the comparison all the more important and intriguing.

Yahoo! Movies reports:

“I was sold it by Bryan [Singer, the director] who said, ‘Mutants are like gays. They’re cast out by society for no good reason,’” [McKellen] explained to Buzzfeed.

“And, as in all civil rights movements, they have to decide: Are they going to take the Xavier [Stewart’s character] line — which is to somehow assimilate and stand up for yourself and be proud of what you are, but get on with everybody — or are you going to take the alternative view — which is, if necessary, use violence to stand up for your own rights." 
 
"And that’s true. I’ve come across that division within the gay rights movement.”

McKellen said that though he had partners throughout the 70's and 60's, there were still societal limitations which made him think small in regards to the future of gay rights.

 "There we certain things we weren’t allowed to do and I’m afraid I rather went along with that because I was having a rather good time being an actor.”
 
“But I realised my position was not a sensible one. I realised what I had to do was ‘come out’.”

He also said that another coming out moment, that of Ellen Page who will also star in "X-Men: Days of Futures Past," is important for a new generation of comic book readers and movie watchers.

“Marvel told me that the demographic for the readership of the comics is young blacks, young jews, and young gays. These are all young people who feel a little bit like mutants, so they sympathise with [the X-Men] and want them to thrive and do well.”

“And all this has come to a happy conclusion hasn’t it, with Ellen Page coming out. That gladdened my heart so much.”

The new movie arrives in theaters on May 22nd!


27 Nobel Laureates Join Sir Ian McKellen's Protest Of Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

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The bad press for Russia and its abominable anti-gay "propaganda" law just keeps building and building. Sir Ian McKellen is a vocal opponent of the law, and now the actor has been joined by almost 30 Nobel laureates from the fields of science and the arts, including novelist JM Coetzee, geneticist Sir Paul Nurse, and chemist Sir Harry Kroto.

An open letter was penned and given to The Independent to publish, and says in part:

On June 30th 2013, President Putin signed into Russian law a nationwide ban on the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors”. This inhibits the freedom of local and foreign Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people to speak openly about their sexuality and prohibits Gay Pride celebrations[...]The letter is written to indicate that many senior members of the international scientific community show solidarity with politicians, artists, sports people and many others who have already expressed their abhorrence for the Russian Government's actions against its gay citizens.

The letter is then undersigned by laureates who received their designation ranging from the 1970's to post-2010, displaying a broad generational consensus.


Actor Ian McKellen Surprises Audience At Hobbit Premiere: VIDEO

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Fans of Peter Jackson and J.R.R. Tolkien got a surprise when they attended a Friday the 13th midnight showing of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at New York City's AMC Lincoln Square—Gandalf the Grey himself (Ian McKellen) appeared for a few opening remarks.

The crowd broke into applause and gave the openly gay British actor a standing ovation as he commented on the film. McKellen said, "I think the dragon goes on a bit long, but my God he looks amazing." If you've seen the film, you know he's right.

He also says, "I just wanted to let you know that when we were doing Lord of the Rings all those years ago at the beginning of the century, we didn't really know whether anybody was going to want to come and see them. And it happened that you and others enjoyed them. So when we went back to do the pickups for part two and part three of Lord of the Rings, it was as if we were making these films for people who really cared."

McKellen is currently playing in a Broadway production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land. He's also been seen hanging around with his BFF and Godot co-star Sir Patrick Stewart outside The Stonewall Inn.

See video of McKellen's appearance AFTER THE JUMP...

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A 'Hugely Embarrassed' Damian Lewis Apologizes to Ian McKellen Over 'Fruity' Remark

Earlier in the week actor Damian Lewis told a reporter that he was glad he got out of theater early and escaped becoming "one of these slightly over-the-top, fruity actors who would have an illustrious career on stage, but wouldn't start getting any kind of film work until I was 50 and then start playing wizards.”

LewisThough not mentioned by name, Sir Ian McKellen determined that he resembled that remark, and issued a searing, wizard-worthy takedown of the Homeland actor.

Lewis issued a statement on Wednesday in response:

"I am hugely embarrassed that comments of mine have been linked in a negative way to Sir Ian McKellen. I have always been, and continue to be, an enormous fan and admirer of Sir Ian's. He's one of the greats and one of the reasons I became an actor. My comment in the Guardian was a soundbite I've been giving since 1999 – it was a generic analogy that was never intended to demean or describe anyone else's career. I have contacted Sir Ian McKellen and have given him my sincerest apologies."

McKellen accepted the apology on Twitter, writing:

"There was no need for @Lewis_Damian to apologise to me, as I thought his comments were fair. But he's a gentleman...Now I hope @lewis_damian enjoys @TheHobbitMovie DOS as much as I enjoy @SHO_Homeland."


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