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Sir Ian McKellen Calls On All Closeted Actors To Fling Their Doors Open Wide

ian_mckellen_4It all happened after coming out. I had no idea this silly thing was a weight on my shoulders. That’s my message to anyone in this town who thinks ‘I’ve got to stay in the closet to be successful in films.’ I didn’t. Do you want to be a famous movie star who has love scenes with ladies and in private be an unhappy gay? There’s no choice. Forget the career, dear. Go and do something else … A closet’s a really nasty place to live, you know? It’s dirty, it’s dusty, it’s full of skeletons. You don’t want it. Open that door — fling it wide and be yourself.”

 

Sir Ian McKellen, who came out publicly in 1988, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter