I’m continuing on my quest to get to know other Hobbit actors.
The first one was the mouth-watering Aidan Turner, who I hope to see plenty of in the future.
The next choice of actors was inspired by a post I found on The Potions Mistress.
For the record, I’d just like to say that this is not another post about whether Richard Armitage is or is not gay.
I have the most amazing readers and people who comment here (do I tell you that often enough?), so I have no doubt that you will understand my point.
This topic has appeared on other blogs, has been discussed at length, nothing exceptionally good has come of it, and this is something I would like to avoid. Every rational human being has an opinion on the topic, and the truth is we just don’t know.
Many people don’t care either way.
I’d like to keep it that way 🙂
The actors I’d like to mention here today have a lot in common.
They both epitomise The British Actor.
They are both very characteristic, and have a huge following.
They are both in the Hobbit.
They are both openly gay.
Sir Ian McKellen plays Gandalf the Grey, returning to the part, which he played in The Lord of The Rings Trilogy.
I don’t about you, but he IS Gandalf the wizard to me.
The other is Stephen Fry, who plays the part of The Master of Laketown, although many associate him with his comedic roles, like in the Blackadder series
I simply adore these two.
Both are my list of 5 ideal guests you’d invite to a dinner party.
They are what we could call the quintessencial British Gentlemen.
They’ve both taken active part in trying to save the pub called The Hobbit, after the American firm which owns the copyright to a number of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works – ordered the owners of the Southampton, England pub to change the name or face legal action. They’ve gone one step further by offering financial support.
They are both openly gay, and I think could serve as an example to other actors who, out of fear for their careers, choose to remain in the closet. They are proof that a talented actor who is openly gay, will always find good parts, and can have incredibly successful careers, which span decades.
Sir Ian appeared as himself in Extras, where he gives Andy (played by Ricky Gervais) advice on playing a gay character.
He also goes on the describe his ‘acting process’.
Every time I hear an actor talking about ‘his method’, I am reminded of this clip.
This is by far the funniest clip EVER, and shows how Sir Ian can make fun of himself.
Talking about Extras, Stephan Fry also appeared in an episode.