Sir Ian McKellan has been doing press rounds to promote his new movie, Mr. Holmes, where he puts a twist on the Sherlock Holmes character. Ian recently did a cute Reddit AMA where he discussed his friendship with Patrick Stewart. Ian admitted, “I’m the guy who advised him not to do Star Trek.” Can you imagine The Next Generation without Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard? Perish the thought. I hope Ian was kidding about his advice to Stewart. The full AMA is charming.
Ian does get a little bit bitchy though, and he threw some shade during an interview with Uproxx. He trashes both Superman and James Bond, which is surprising:
His superhero movies are the best: “X-Men was about something. Superman isn’t really about anything. It’s a joke. The nerd changes his underpants and becomes a Superman. That’s James Bond: ‘Shaken, not stirred,’ silly, stupid, British twit … and then, Action Man! But X-Men is about the problems of being a mutant. And we’ve all felt we’re mutants on occasion. So, that was the hook for me. And don’t forget, I didn’t have to sign to do anymore than one; I’m just doing a movie. So, it wasn’t that big of an adventure. Well, it was a very good job, but I never had to think, Oh, do I want to do this for the next 10 years? It was just a one-off movie.”
On gay marriage: “Personally, I don’t want to get married. That’s not the point what I want, it’s what somebody might want. If a man and woman live together, they don’t have to get married, there’s no obligation. They may not want to, but if they want to, of course they can. That seems to me such an obvious principle that couldn’t be denied for much longer. And was accepted by so many people in this country, eventually it would happen. But there will be some residual resistance, then it will be a forgotten issue.”
This won’t be a popular opinion, but I agree with what Ian has to say about 007. Those movies have never been my thing. I don’t like Superman much either (the DC/Warner Bros. monstrosities are so depressing), but Ian is reading the character wrong. Superman is about a lot of things, and the allegories run deep. Most recently, Superman can be seen as a representation of the issues immigrants face. Whereas X-Men isn’t deeper than Superman’s story.
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