LGBT activism is more important for Sir Ian McKellen than acting


The LGBT campaigner and the movie legend wants people to remember him as a fighter for the rights of his community even though they may not know him as an actor. There was a lot of interesting projects he starred in for 78 years of his life but this is not the main thing he wants to remain after him. Sir Ian loves theater but considers it an art of a moment – the play is over, the actors are out of stage and nothing remains. As for movies, they can be kept and fixed, but it does not mean they cannot run out of time and people of all generations will watch them. McKellen believes it is more important for him to be known as a person who has changed people’s attitude to LGBT equality. While the actor and activist says he won’t be releasing a memoir, he has filmed a new documentary, McKellen: Playing the Part, chronicling his life from the stage to being part of some of the biggest movie franchises of all time. And there he said how important it is for him to do something global and immortal – to change his country. “I’m very proud of my small contributions to changing the law in this country and changing attitudes, all for the better,” he says. “And I suppose in the scheme of things that is more important and the more merit and longer lasting than any acting that I have done.”


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