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

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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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Zachary Quinto Pushes Newcastle Brown Ale, Looks Sexy While Doing So: VIDEO

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Zachary Quinto and Newcastle Brown Ale have a proposition for you: What if the Brits won?

“Newcastle has asked me to tell you about 'Independence Eve', their new holiday celebrating how much better things would be if the British ruled over America.” Quinto explains. "[I]f the Brits ran this country every actor would be an insanely talented British thespian who would make your every soap opera, deodorant ad, and comic book movie franchise truly moving."

Whether the gay Spock actor is, in fact, America’s answer to Ian McKellen is up for debate, but the ad is charming all the same.

Watch Zachary muse if he’s actually a closeted British thespian merely giving the American “performance of a lifetime” AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ian McKellen Auctioning His Wedding Officiant Suit For Charity

 Sir Ian McKellen is offering one lucky bidder the chance to dress just like him in the name of charity. Rather than Magneto’s crimson cape or Gandalf’s flowing robes however, McKellen is auctioning off the suit he wore as the officiant of Sir Patrick Stewart’s wedding last fall.

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Proceeds of the auction will go to Only Make Believe, a non-profit focused on using the performing arts to help heal hospitalized children.


Ian McKellen: 'Gays Are Still Treated Like Mutants In Some Countries' - VIDEO

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In an interview with the BBC’s Channel 4 alongside English actor Patrick Stewart (pictured left), openly gay English actor Sir Ian McKellen (pictured right) compared the mutants in the X-Men movies series to gays, black people and Jews treated harshly by “a society that doesn’t completely understand them.”

McKellen plays the villain Magneto in the series, a metal bender who fights for mutant liberation from human rule.

McKellen said, “When Bryan Singer asked me to be in these films all those years ago he sold it to me on just this point: as a gay man you can identify with mutants – people who have talents, are remarkable people, but are despised by society as they’re different.

”In many areas of the world being gay is still a mutancy which is clearly not tolerated in some societies. You can be put to death for your sexuality. Not in this country," he continued. "We have advanced – it’s been one of the great joys of my life – since these films have been made.”

He also said of UK political leader Nigel Farage (who recently said that most people over 70 aren’t comfortable with homosexuality) “[he] needs to get out more,” and praised Eurovision’s winner drag queen Conchita Wurst adding that her style probably wouldn’t have gotten his vote because “It’s not a look I particularly like.”

McKellen has said before that he took the X-Men movie role in part for the film's allegory of anti-gay oppression.

When asked what hashtags they would use to describe their bromance, McKellen and Stewart held up the signs in the picture above. 

Watch the interview AFTER THE JUMP…

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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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