[Movies] Ian McKellen Comments On Ellen Page Coming Out As Gay
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.25.2014
And the X-Men movies being used as a metaphor...
In an interview with Buzzfeed Brews, Ian McKellen spoke about his X-Men co-star Ellen Page's decision to come out publicly and announce she is gay. Here are highlights:
On being openly gay: "I was always openly gay. I had a series of partners and we went everywhere together and we were accepted, living in London in the '60s and '70s, but never making a fuss, never dreaming that we might get married, never dreaming we could have a civil partnership, never dreaming that, should we want to, we could serve in the military. 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."
On Ellen Page's decision to come out: "All this has come to a happy conclusion, hasn't it? With Ellen Page — Kitty Pryde — coming out. That gladdened my heart so much. For people who are lonely … reading that about someone whose career they follow is a little bit of a help and encouragement to them to think it does get better."
On the X-Men movies being a metaphor: "I was sold it by Bryan who said, ‘Mutants are like gays. They're cast out by society for no good reason.' 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."