Ian McKellen Explains Why ‘Gay Men Are More Masculine than Straight Men’

Gandalf himself lays out a different vision of masculinity


September 5, 2016 :: 4:06 AM

We’re all a bit in love with Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, so you just know that a joint interview with the pair of them is going to have a few real highlights.

“I know that I’m in a love affair with Ian,” Stewart said in a recent interview to promote their new London production of Harold Pinter’s play No Man’s Land.

“What I love about Patrick is that he’s so predictably myself,” explained McKellen. “I think we are the same person. If Patrick comes into a rehearsal room and says, ‘Look, look…’ I know what it’s going to be about. So it’s actually because you’re a narcissist and who you’re in love with is yourself.”

Eventually the interview turned to their careers, and specifically their mutual history of military roles.

“‘I’ve probably played even more military men than Patrick,” mused McKellen. “Gandalf is a soldier, Magneto is a soldier, Richard III, Coriolanus, Macbeth. And I think the reason is because I want my revenge on them all… The people who start wars, perpetuate them and glory in them. ‘God save our gracious Queen, send her victorious?’ I’m sorry. What does that mean?”

“If that’s what masculinity is then I don’t want any part of it at all,” he argued. “I think gay men are more masculine than straight men. Because, guess what? They love other men! So when bully boys say: ‘Faggot!’ you say, ‘That’s right, I’m with the boys.’”

And if you’re wishing we had more of that sort of wisdom around, then there’s some good news. Stewart is considering applying for U.S. citizenship in order to gain the right to vote.

“There are fundamental things still to be done for the equality of race in the United States,” he argued. “It is still essentially a racist country.”

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