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Sir Ian McKellen: X-Men echoes struggles of gay rights

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Sirs Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have compared the themes of the the X-Men film series to the gay rights movement, reports metro.co.uk.

The esteemed actors portray Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier in the movie franchise and say the persecution of ‘mutants’ in the film reflects the struggles of the LGBT community.

‘Mutants are like gays, they’re cast out by society for no good reason,’ McKellen, 74, said.

‘They, as in all civil rights movements, have to decide: Are they going to take the Xavier line, which is to somehow assimilate and stand up for yourself and be proud of what you are but get on with everybody, or are you going to take the alternative view, which is, if necessary, use violence to stand up for your own rights,’ the openly gay actor told BuzzFeed.

‘And that’s true. I’ve come across that division within the gay rights movement,’ he attested.

McKellen and 73-year-old Stewart have starred in multiple X-Men films together since the first big-screen instalment in 2000, but their friendship goes back further.

The pair are prolific Twitter users, where they give fans humourous insights into their continuing friendship as they star on Broadway together in a production of Waiting For Godot.

‘It’s making us accessible to our audience, but – for us more importantly – our audience accessible to us,’ Stewart said of their Twitter japes.

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