McKellen Takes Hollywood to Task over Gay Actors
Jonathan Brown and Thair Shaikh, The Independent (London, England)
Brokeback Mountain, the acclaimed film about two gay cowboys, may be poised to sweep the board at the Oscars this year. But according to one of Britain's most eminent actors, Hollywood is still deeply reluctant to publicly embrace homosexuality and lesbianism.
Sir Ian McKellen, who came out in 1988 and is one of most high- profile openly gay actors, has criticised Tinseltown's power brokers for putting unnecessary pressure on homosexual actors to stay in the closet for the sake of their careers.
The actor said he found it distressing that it was still "very, very, very difficult" for an American actor in the movie business to be honest about his or her sexuality. …
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Publication information: Article title: McKellen Takes Hollywood to Task over Gay Actors. Contributors: Jonathan Brown and Thair Shaikh - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: February 13, 2006. Page number: 7. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.