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McKellen: Being gay seen as a 'mutancy' in some societies

2014-05-15
ianmckellenattitudeIan McKellen has suggested that homosexuality is seen as a "mutancy" in some parts of the world. During an interview with Channel 4 alongside his X Men: Days of Future Past co-star Patrick Stewart, the actor said he believes gay men are able to identify with the mutants at the heart of the X-Men film franchise because they understand what it is like to be "different". "When [director] Bryan Singer asked me to be in these films, he sold it to me on just this point: as a gay man you can identify with mutants – people who have talents but are despised by society as they’re different,"  McKellen explained.

He continued: “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. We have advanced – it’s been one of the great joys of my life – since these films have been made.”

Later on in the interview, Patrick Stewart spoke about Conchita Wurst's Eurovision win last weekend (May 10), saying it was "one of the brightest moments in the Eurovision song contest for years and years".

X-Men: Days of Future Past, which also stars Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Ellen Page and Jennifer Lawrence, opens in UK cinemas on May 22.

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