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Ian McKellan slams Indian homosexuality laws as ‘appaling’ and ‘ironical’

Award-winning British actor Ian McKellen, who is famously known for playing Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and the X-Men film franchises, slammed Indian homosexuality laws.

hollywood Updated: May 24, 2016 14:39 IST
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Aamir Khan and Ian Mc Kellen during a conversation organised by MAMI Film Club, in Mumbai.(IANS)

Award-winning British actor Ian McKellen, who is famously known for playing Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” film franchises, says he has he never felt that he had been out of work in his career.

McKellen had a candid conversation with Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan on literary legend Shakespeare and his global influence on film, art and culture at the debut launch of the MAMI Film Club at National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) on Monday evening.

When Aamir asked him if he ever faced a rough patch in his career, McKellen said: “I have never felt that I have never been out of work. I have taken job which other actors wouldn’t do”.

Read: Ian McKellen to inaugurate LGBTQ film fest in Mumbai

McKellen also recalled the time when he came out as gay.

“I was 49 when I came out and it wasn’t difficult because I was established as an actor and I was confident. To say it in public was a great relief and everything changed for the better... Be it your relationship, people around you or friends. My acting got better... I did not have to fake things,” he said.

In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, McKellan slammed India’s stance on homosexuality.

“India is going through what the UK went through 30 years ago. It is appalling and ironical that India would use a colonial law to oppress its homosexuals. India needs to grow up. India needs to realise that it doesn’t need to follow British laws any more. But things are changing on other fronts. Kashish, Mumbai’s LGBT film festival, is a great example of that,” he said.

Read: When I came out as gay, my life became easier: Ian McKellen

Twice nominated for the Oscar, and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, McKellen says the stage is his “home”.

“When I come to stage I feel it is home. Some have stage fright, but I feel one has to get inside the character,” he said.

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First Published: May 24, 2016 14:36 IST