Sir Ian McKellen Puts Damian Lewis In His Place For Calling Him “Fruity” & Other Celeb Feuds

Sir Ian McKellen doesn’t take crap from anyone. Especially not from TV actor Damian Lewis.

During an interview with the UK Guardian in October, Lewis talked about his days as a young stage actor, saying he was afraid that if he couldn’t break out of working in theater, he would turn into “one of these slightly over-the-top, fruity actors who would have an illustrious career on stage, but wouldn’t start getting any kind of film work until I was 50 and then start playing wizards.”

This was an obvious jab at 74-year-old McKellen, who has made a career (not to mention earned millions of dollars and an Academy Award nod) out of playing the wizard Gandalf in the billion-dollar Lord of the Rings film franchise.

“So he feels sorry for me, does he?” McKellen recently told the Radio Times. “Well, I’m very happy. He needn’t worry about me.”

“As for a fruity voice?” he continued. “Well, it may be a voice that is trained like an opera singer’s voice: to fill a large space.”


The moral of the story: Never mess with a gay knight.

Scroll down to see four more gay-straight celebrity feuds.

Sir Elton John vs. Madonna

Sir Elton John and Madonna have been going at it for over a decade. Their rivalry started back in 2002, when John slammed Madonna’s song Die Another Day. Since then, John has accused the Queen of Pop of lip-syncing, being a rip-off artist and not accepting his Christmas cards. (We can’t say we blame her.) He’s also called her a “miserable cow,” a “nightmare” and a “fairground stripper” whose “career is over.”

But things really came to head in 2012, when both John and Madonna were up for the Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Madonna was nominated for her tune “Masterpiece” from W.E. Meanwhile, John was nominated for his song “Hello Hello” from Gnomeo and Juliet. Madonna beat John, who had previously said she had “no fucking chance” of winning. She later dedicated the song to him during her 2012 MDNA tour.

Anderson Cooper vs. Alec Baldwin

Earlier this year, Anderson Cooper criticized Alec Baldwin for calling a British reporter a “toxic little queen.” Baldwin responded by saying Cooper was only getting involved to improve his standing with the gay community.

A few months later, Baldwin used another antigay slur, which sparked more criticism from Cooper, who said if Baldwin weren’t a liberal, people wouldn’t be so forgiving of his homophobia.

Turns out, people weren’t as forgiving the second time around. After his comments went viral, Baldwin suffered a wave of bad press before being fired by MSNBC. He’s since retreated into hiding with his tail between his legs. Here’s hoping he stays there for a while.

Frank Ocean vs. Chris Brown

The feud between R&B singers Frank Ocean and Chris Brown began in 2011 when the two engaged in a Twitter battle that ended with Brown threatening to send “cousins” over to chase after Ocean. Then a year later, in the summer of 2012, Brown called Ocean a “homo.” And in January 2013, the two got into a parking lot brawl in Los Angeles, which resulted in fists being thrown followed by Brown reportedly calling Ocean a “faggot.” We think it’s safe the say that these two really don’t like each other.

Rosie O’Donnell vs. Donald Trump

The bad blood between Rosie O’Donnell and Donald Trump dates all the way back to 2006, when O’Donnell made fun of the millionaire’s hair on an episode of The View. Trump responded by calling her “a woman out of control” and threatening to sue. “Rosie will rue the words she said,” he said. Then he called her “fat” and “a real loser.”

But that was just the beginning.

Over the years, the two have gone after one another a number of times. Usually it involves O’Donnell criticizing Trump for something, and him responding by calling her some sort of name — “failure, “pig,” “bully,” that sort of thing.

In 2012, Trump compared Cher to O’Donnell after the diva expressed her disdain for Mitt Romney on Twitter. Trump tweeted: “Like @Rosie O’Donnell, a total loser!”

O’Donnell tweeted back: “He returns – like a raging herpes rash. He wants me … He needs me – he is obsessed … like a grandpa stalker.”

Earlier this year, however, the dueling hotheads appeared to have reconciled after O’Donnell suffered a heart attack. “@Rosie, get better fast. I’m starting to miss you!” Trump tweeted.

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  • Franco C.

    Not sure if it’s an actual feud between Madonna and Elton. He routinely insults her and she for the most part remains silent. Which is consistently the best revenge. Donald’s attacks on Rosie demonstrate what a mysoginist he is. I recall him once saying that he would have sex with his daughter if they weren’t related, because she’s so hot. Yuk.

  • bernadettedse

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  • KittyLitter

    fuck elton john.

  • AuntieChrist

    Nuthin like a good old fashioned cat fight…@KittyLitter: I don’t know if you are gay, but honey your reading skills are way below par for a queen…SNAP

  • hyhybt

    There is a specific subtype of gay man that “fruity” beings to my mind, and McKellen ain’t it.

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  • Mr. E. Jones

    Damien Lewis should be happy he gets any kind of work. He’s so wooden, he has to run from lumberjacks. And that’s ok.

  • Jason b.

    Unless there is some private feud between Damian and Ian that we aren’t privy to, his attack was particularly nasty for a general negative comment aimed at stage actors. The only thing that seems to make sense is Damian has a bit of disdain for “fruity” actors if it wasn’t particular to Ian. Anyway the comment was uncalled for.

  • Pistolo

    Damian Lewis flubs a lot when playing Brody, he does that crazy stare thing that’s so annoying and sometimes he’s just downright melodramatic in his affect. He sounds like he’s trying to be some ultra-camp superhero sometimes, it’s so f-king annoying.

  • 2eo

    I’m English but can I ask who the fuck Damian Lewis even is?

  • AuntieChrist

    @2eo: Yea I live here and I’ve never heard of this Lewis guy til I read this article.

  • tricky ricky

    typical act from a soulless ginger. mere television actors should know not to mess with their betters.

  • tricky ricky

    @Mr. E. Jones: kudos for working in a wee bit of python

  • marc sfe

    @tricky ricky: You could’ve said from a soulless actor. I’m ginger TR and I am NOT soulless. Your comment is VERY offensive.

  • QuintoLover

    Elton John is very talented but he’s bitter and rude and a complete Jerk. He needs to stop attacking others and fix himself.

  • mpwaite

    Damian Lewis is an idiot taking on Ian Mckellan.. Really???!!!! Ian has lapped him several times “Career-wise”. I seriously DOUBT Mr. Lewis will EVER win an Oscar.. When Homeland goes off the air Damian will be come lettuce washer at the local McDonalds.

  • sprocket


    Another American actor cast for his looks and pretty much nothing more.

  • sprocket

    correction: actor on an American TV show cast for his looks.

  • balehead

    Anderson Cooper is a typical gay bigot….

  • balehead

    I’ll take Damien Lewis over Ian Mckellan anyday!!….Filmmaker Derek Jarman made some interesting and astute comments about “Sir Ian”…

  • balehead

    Anderson Cooper is a typical gay bigot….He is constantly giggling over minorities and their minority customs….

  • yaletownman

    Sad to know that Mr. Lewis is as ugly on the inside as he is on the outside.

  • queerty1958

    @balehead: Were you born a divisive prick or did you enroll in a study course and graduate first in your class?

  • Herlinda S. Osorio

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  • jar

    @balehead: Do tell. I have never heard of any Jarman comments on McKellen.

  • Kangol

    Wow, I can’t believe Damian Lewis came for Sir Ian McKellen like that. Lewis barely maintains his character on Homeland, so he probably should take some acting tips from Sir Ian before he spouts off again. At the rate he’s going on the skill front he’ll be lucky to play a gizzard onscreen.

    Alec Baldwin needs help. Donald Trump needed it decades ago. Both Madonna and Sir Elton John are messy queens so what do you expect? Frank Ocean I’ll take over abuser nutcase Chris Brown any day.

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