|Sir Ian McKellen |
Los Angeles, California
Thursday, 18 March 1999
In a March 18 story by Mark Jagasia, the Express claimed that Sir Ian "is set to use the Oscars ceremony" to "attack discrimination against gays by Hollywood."
Sir Ian replies:
"The rumour that I am planning an 'impassioned' attack on discrimination against gays in the film industry is untrue. I have not yet imagined a speech of any sort, nor personally have I ever experienced such discrimination in the United States. There is considerable interest, beyond the film industry and even film-goers, in the Oscar going (I think it would be for the first time) to an openly gay actor. I certainly wish there were as many openly gay actors of both genders in Hollywood, as there are agents, studio executives, writers and directors who feel they can be honest about their homosexuality."