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Ian McKellen on being gay and happy with it in Hollywood

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: Ian McKellan was 49 when he came out publicly as a gay man and has since enjoyed the most successful phase of his acting career.

He’s been a part of two huge blockbuster franchises: ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘X-Men,’ earned two Academy Award nominations (for ‘Gods and Monsters’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’).

He’s in an excellent position to talk about being an out actor in Hollywood and he did just that recently with Popeater. Here are some excerpts:

On closeted actors: “If you’re going around telling a lie you may get by but you won’t be half as happy as you would be if you came out. If that means you have to give up hopes of being one of the three or four young sex symbols in Hollywood so be it. You probably weren’t going to be one of those anyway. That happens by chance and it doesn’t last for very long.”

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