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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.


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


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


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.


(via huffpost)

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


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


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.


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