It's Hobbit week on The Colbert Report, and that means we got a great interview with our favorite gay British actor, Sir Ian McKellen, in anticipation of his Gandalf of the Grey apparance in The Hobbit coming out in a few weeks (in case you had missed that fact with all the hyper-marketing). Here's a transcript of the juicy bits:
Colbert: "You are a gay rights advocate. Is that the proper term?"
McKellen: "Well, I'm gay. So of course."
Colbert: "You know I'm a fan; I've already gushed. Here's my beef with you: By being openly gay and a gay rights advocate and being a beloved star of billion-dollar blockbusters, my fear is, you don't just make gay seem acceptable--which I have my own problems with--you make it seem heroic. OK? Are you the sharp knifepoint of the gay agenda, trying to brainwash our children?"
McKellen: "Well that's what the Republican party think and fear, but there we go. But I have played some horrible men in my time, like Iago and Macbeth. Perhaps you didn't know about them?"
Colbert: "All of them are gay, too?"
McKellen: "They're gay murders. But I have news for you: Gay people do all sorts of things, sometimes they're good, sometimes they're not so good. Just like the rest of you really."
Colbert: "So you'll admit that sometimes gay people are terrible?"
McKellen: "You know we're making a sequel (maybe I shouldn't say this), called Gandalf the Gay" And you get the find out who is his favorite dwarf."
Impish smiles all around...
Colbert: "I can't wait to see it in 3D is all I can say..."