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Actor McKellen Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award, Criticizes Hollywood

"I still hope I've got a lot of life left on stage and making films," said actor Ian McKellen, who received an Honorary Golden Bear award for lifetime achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival, the AP reports. Other media outlets emphasize, however, McKellen's critical attitude toward Hollywood's treatment of gay actors. "'It is very, very, very difficult for an American actor who wants a film career to be open about his sexuality,'" he is quoted as saying in a BBC report. McKellen, who is openly gay, also said that while more films about homosexuality might be made following the success of "Brokeback Mountain," "the film industry was still reluctant to cast an openly gay man in a leading role."

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