Sir Ian McKellen Made “X-Men” Films Because Of Gay Allegory

ian_mckellen_4I was sold it by Bryan who said, ‘Mutants are like gays. They’re cast out by society for no good reason. And, as in all civil rights movements, they have to decide: Are they going to take the Xavier line — which is to somehow assimilate and stand up for yourself and be proud of what you are, but get on with everybody — or are you going to take the alternative view — which is, if necessary, use violence to stand up for your own rights. And that’s true. I’ve come across that division within the gay rights movement.”

— Sir Ian McKellen explaining why he decided to star as Magneto in the popular film franchise for out director Bryan Singer in an interview with BuzzFeed


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  • balehead

    He seems to be losing it lately….

  • sportyguy1983

    I am sure that this was going to be a mega movie franchise and that he would get paid very well had NOTHING to do with it.

  • MK Ultra

    Isn’t it true, though? What he said?

  • MK Ultra

    @scotshot: You’re a little confused, bro.
    I was agreeing with Mckellen.
    Put your glasses on next time?

  • boring

    @sportyguy1983: Eh, up to that point comic book movies weren’t a surefire hit and X-Men kind of paved the way for it. And while Singer had a critical hit with The Usual Suspects, he wasn’t a NAME when it came to Hollywood Blockbuster Action Films, so while cynicism is usually the correct choice, it’s a little more ambiguous in this case.

  • viveutvivas

    X-Men is a comic for kids. Don’t pretend it is art just because you are embarrassed that you need to work for the money.

  • scotshot

    @MK Ultra: Sorry sometimes zip through here.

  • scotshot

    @MK Ultra: Sorry sometimes I zip through here.

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