Sir Ian McKellen has announced on British television that he is to officiate at fellow X-Men star Patrick Stewart’s upcoming wedding to long time partner Sunny Ozell. ”I’m going to marry Patrick. I am going to officiate at his wedding.” said McKellen to ITV’s Jonathan Ross while discussing the next X-Men movie. McKellen also stated that he had officiated at a civil partnership ceremony before, “I’ve done it once before with two guys having a civil partnership. I was crying my eyes out,” he continued.
When asked how he is legally allowed to officiate the ceremony he responded: “I don’t know, but in Massachusetts, in the middle of America somewhere, you get a friend along, and I read out the words, and Sunny and Patrick will then be married. When asked, “What do you wear when you officiate at a wedding?”, McKellen replied he wore “a white gown which I bought in India. You mustn’t upstage the bride.”
Talking about his upcoming TV show, Vicious Old Queens, in which he performs alongside Sir Derek Jacobi and Frances de la Tour, he said he received the script, read the title and responded: “I’m not old”. The new sitcom was commissioned by ITV, and is set to feature Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellen as an elderly gay couple. McKellen reflected on the fact that he and Sir Derek had not performed together since they attended university, saying “this is the first time for over fifty years”.
When asked about his love life during his university years, Sir Ian said: “This was the 1950s, and if you were gay, you didn’t dare risk telling anybody else you were , in case you got reported to the police and put in prison, frankly.” About Derek Jacobi Sir Ian remarked, “Derek was clearly gay, but happened just not to fancy me.” Interestingly, speaking at a school in London earlier this year, Sir Ian said that he thought having to hide his sexuality for years was pivotal in perfecting his acting skills.
Hopefully they’ll import this new show to the USA as these gentlemen are two of the finest actors alive today.
Here’s the complete interview: