Ian McKellen Says Hollywood Needs Work At Depicting Gay People And Minorities
Celebrated actor Ian McKellen is sharing even more thoughts on Hollywood’s lack of diversity and inclusivity.
During an interview with Time Out, McKellen was asked about his thoughts on the ongoing controversy over “Wizarding World” character Dumbledore’s sexuality.
McKellen, who was originally offered the role of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films, commented to say, “Well, nobody looks to Hollywood for social commentary, do they? They only recently discovered that there were black people in the world.”
He then added: “Hollywood has mistreated women in every possible way throughout its history. Gay men don’t exist.”
As if that wasn’t enough, McKellen also felt it was important to note that his 1998 film Gods and Monsters helped open the door for talk of gay characters and people in film.
He says that film “was the beginning of Hollywood admitting that there were gay people knocking around, even though half of Hollywood.”
These are a similar mentality to the words that many people, such as gay actor Colton Haynes, have expressed recently concerning Hollywood.
It seems that there is an increasing amount of discontent with how things are running at Hollywood. But will all this talk turn into action or change, or will it just be complaining to the wind?