Sir Ian McKellen To Play Sherlock Holmes
By Matthew Breen
Of the dozens of portrayals of Sherlock Holmes, a significant number of them have had a certain homosexual je ne sais quoi. Maybe it’s from having so many English dramatic types playing the part over the years. The BBC's new Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch, is certainly a gay fave, and the Robert Downey, Jr./Jude Law pairing of Holmes/Watson made the “roommates” euphemism sound oh so familiar. In a gay way.
But now, we have the most definitively gay Sherlock Holmes evah. Check the math. Ian McKellen (gay actor) will play Holmes in a film by Bill Condon (gay director) adapted from a novel by Mitch Cullin (gay novelist). That’s quite literally gay, gay, gay.
McKellen will play an ageing Holmes, a character from Cullin’s novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, set in the 1940s, with the detective retired but still pondering a 50-year-old unsolved mystery. Condon has directed McKellen before, in the 1998 drama Gods and Monsters, for which McKellen got an Oscar nomination.