Ian McKellen Recalls Alec Guinness As Self-Loathing Bisexual

Ian_McKellen (2)We do love Sir Ian, but we’re not sure why he chose a fancy dinner to air out Obi-Wan Kenobi’s dirty laundry.

Earlier this week, McKellen was being honored at a Pride gala dinner at the house of the Lord Mayor of London, and he let some personal details about his colleagues slip.

Apparently Star Wars legend Alec Guineess told him, that he “should not, as a leading actor, have anything to do with anything political, especially anything as dirty as homosexuality.”


Guinness was married to a lady, but endured rumors his whole life about being bisexual.

It’s not like McKellen was revealing anything new, of course. Three separate biographies detailed his same-sex encounters after his death. He was even arrested at one point, but gave the name “Herbert Pocket,” a character that he played in Great Expectations.

McKellen said he also faced criticism from the other side — from LGBT activists who wanted him to be more vocal about gay stuff, to the exclusion of all else. “I find the concept of heterosexuality far too interesting to ignore it,” he told very gay director Derek Jarman.