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