Did Ian McKellen accidentally out a fellow “Hobbit” actor?

Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen (Photo: Shutterstock)

Remember that press junket for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 2012 when Ian McKellen may have accidentally outed a fellow cast member? Whoops!

The subtle slip came during an interview with a German website. During the interview, they asked several questions regarding McKellan’s sexuality and the difference in being an out actor when the first Lord of the Rings film was released and now.

McKellan reflected on the question by comparing the number of gay actors in each film as a sign of the times. In 2001, he was the only gay actor in the film franchise. Today, is among many in The Hobbit.

The following excerpt has been translated via Google translate:

Brash: Still, there is hardly colleagues who follow your example, right?

Ian McKellen: I would say that has been done in this regard in the last ten years in the industry a lot. Just look only how many openly gay actors in the “Hobbit” with were: two of the dwarves, to Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace. In “The Lord of the Rings” I was the only one next to it there was my make-up artist and one from the wardrobe team. That’s only once a progress, right?

Ian McKellan during a interview

Two of the dwarves? That’s strange, because only one of the 13 actors who play dwarves in this film is openly gay. According to a Lord of the Rings wiki, on-again, off-again gay Luke Evans plays a “man,” Stephen Fry a “human,” and not really out Lee Pace an “elf.” The only openly gay actor playing a “dwarf” is Adam Brown.

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So, who is the second gay dwarf that has gone unnamed? Which of the dwarves are drowning in gay rumors?

Could it be Richard Armitage? The English actor has long been the subject of gay rumors and has even been loosely linked with costar Lee Pace.

Maybe Graham McTavish? The Scottish actor has also been loosely (like, very loosely) linked with Richard Armitage.

Perhaps it’s Dean O’Gorman? This Kiwi actor played gay once. Although there’s no evidence suggesting he’s a hardcore ‘mo, we wouldn’t mind adding him to our roster.

Who do you think it is? Let us know in the comments below!

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