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|
|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||May 23, 2006|
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