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McKellen's modesty.

When terrorists attacked on September 11, 2001, gay British actor Ian McKellen was working in New York City rehearsing for his role as Helen Mirren's husband in the Broadway production of Dance of Death. In an Advocate cover story not long after that day, McKellen's calm--and perspective--was evident.

The actor's close friend Armistead Maupin recalled his old chum's response when asked about his composure during 9/11: "Well, darling, you forget--I slept under a steel plate [during the Battle of Britain] until I was 4 years old."

McKellen's earlier hardships--which included coming out publicly in Thatcher-era Britain--may have contributed to the knighted actor's self-effacing nature. Even as he was basking in the success of X-Men, where he played supervillain Magneto, McKellen described himself as "just a gay man living in the world, really."
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Title Annotation:12.25.01 ARCHIVES
Author:Broverman, Neal
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 23, 2006
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