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Must Watch: Sir Ian McKellen Compares The Mutants In ‘X-Men’ To The Struggles of Gay People

Must Watch: Sir Ian McKellen Compares The Mutants In 'X-Men' To The Struggles of Gay People

It’s been a long-standing idea that the “X-Men” comics and film work as an allegory for the struggles of gay people, and openly gay star of the film series Sir Ian McKellen poignantly brought that back to the surface in a recent BBC interview for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (which opens everywhere today).

“When Bryan Singer asked me to be in these films he sold it to me on just this point: as a gay man you can identify with mutants – people who have talents [but] are despised by society as they’re different,” he said. “In many areas of the world being gay is still a mutancy which is clearly not tolerated in some societies. You can be put to death for your sexuality. Not in this country. We have advanced – it’s been one of the great joys of my life – since these films have been made.”

Watch the clip below, which also adorably gives us some insight into his glorious friendship with Patrick Stewart (I want a Patrick Stewart!):

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