It’s been less than a day since we reported about Sir Ian McKellan’s accidental slip and possible outing of a fellow Hobbit costar, but that information alone has given the fine users of Tumblr enough ammunition to turn their dashboards into Speculation City and kick off the next great search for a closeted Hollywood actor.
In a 2012 interview with Brash, McKellan confirmed that two of the actors playing dwarves in the Hobbit trilogy were openly gay, even though only one, in fact, is openly gay. After combing the depths of the Internet, we learned that three of the Hobbit‘s 12 dwarves have been loosely linked with gay rumors.
One of the strongest rumors linked English actor Richard Armitage with “openly gay” (says McKellen) costar Lee Pace, and according to a number of tipsters that wrote in after we wondered aloud, those rumors have gained traction in the last few months following the “leak” of a “private” photo of Armitage and Pace sharing a meal with family during the holidays.
Now, this doesn’t actually mean these two are dating, especially since the photo seemingly appeared on Tumblr overnight and can’t be contributed to any specific source. These guys are, after all, working together on a film:
The pair has also allegedly been spotted driving a golf cart with four giant smiley faces. Are the smiley faces the children in the photo above? One must wonder:
The photos have caused a surge in the #RichLee tag on Tumblr, which is used to share smut and gossip among fans of the fantasy “couple.”
Do with that information what you will. And when you’re finished, check out all the primo #RichLee smut we’re talking about: