Patrick & Ian McKellen in the Park
By Jerry Portwood
We know that buddies Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, currently on Broadway in rep for Beckett and Pinter plays, love to share silly photos of them hanging around town. Today, they shared another pic of themselves in their Godot bowlers via Twitter, this time sharing a bench with the memorial statues in the park across from the Stonewall Inn in New York City's Greenwich Village.
And, if I'm not mistaken, this is a sly reference to Stewart's turn in the 1995 movie Jeffrey, adapted from Paul Rudnick's play about the fear gay men have around dating and sex amid the reality of AIDS. In that film—which stars Stephen Weber and Michael T. Weiss as hunky boyfriends—Stewart plays Sterling, a gay interior designer, whose lover Darius (Bryan Batt) is a castmember of Cats. The two don pink berets for a scene as Pink Panthers, protecting queers in the nabe, and sit with the statues, telling them, "You're not fat!"