'Homeland' Star Damian Lewis Apologizes For "Fruity" Ian McKellen Comment
Homeland's Damian Lewis has admitted that he's "hugely embarrassed" about a disparaging remark he seemed to direct in the way of Sir Ian McKellen earlier this week.
In case you missed it, Damian was quoted as saying that he's glad he got out of the theater world because he was therefore able to avoid becoming "one of these slightly over-the-top, fruity actors who would have an illustrious career on stage, but wouldn't start getting any kind of film work until I was 50 and then start playing wizards.”
Sir Ian responded as eloquently as the world would've expected, and now Damian is apologizing.
"I am hugely embarrassed that comments of mine have been linked in a negative way to Sir Ian McKellen," Damian said in a statement issued Wednesday. "I have always been, and continue to be, an enormous fan and admirer of Sir Ian's. He's one of the greats and one of the reasons I became an actor. My comment in the Guardian was a soundbite I've been giving since 1999 – it was a generic analogy that was never intended to demean or describe anyone else's career. I have contacted Sir Ian McKellen and have given him my sincerest apologies."
Sir Ian thought the apology unnecessary, but what do you think?