Sir Ian McKellen
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British actor, Sir Ian McKellen believes that being gay is no longer a career killer, and has urged fellow actors to be themselves and come out.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter McKellen explained how coming-out as gay during a radio debate in 1988, kickstarted his film career.

“It all happened after coming out.”


“I had no idea this silly thing was a weight on my shoulders. That’s my message to anyone in this town who thinks, ‘I’ve got to stay in the closet to be successful in films,’ I didn’t.”

Sir Ian McKellen

76-year-old McKellen also gave some advice to actors who feel they need to remain in the closet.

“Do you want to be a famous movie star who has love scenes with ladies and in private be an unhappy gay?”

“There’s no choice. Forget the career, dear. Go and do something else … A closet’s a really nasty place to live, you know? It’s dirty, it’s dusty, it’s full of skeletons.

“You don’t want it. Open that door, fling it wide and be yourself.”

Last Updated on Oct 23, 2015

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