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Ian McKellen Responds To Damian Lewis' "Fruity Actor" Slam, Says He Sympathizes With Gay Hollywood

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December 10, 2013 AT 11:46 AM
Sir Ian McKellen is speaking out after Damian Lewis threw some serious shade on the actor. The Homeland star recently gave an interview in The Guardian saying that in the beginning of his career he worried that he would end up being "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 [he] was 50 and then start playing wizards."And while Lewis didn't name names, it didn't take a wizard to guess who he might be talking about. Ian McKellen, aka Gandalf, responded, telling the Radio Times, "I wouldn't like to have been one of those actors who hit stardom quite early on and expected it to continue and was stuck doing scripts that I didn't particularly like just to keep the income up."