Damian Lewis apologizes to Ian McKellen

The Olivier Awards Homeland star Damian Lewis has released a statement in which he apologizes to Ian McKellen for his remarks in an interview with The Guardian.

Earlier this year, Lewis he didn’t want to become “one of those 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”.

Although Damian didn’t mention any names, many assumed that he was referring to McKellen. The star of The Hobbit responded in the Christmas edition of Radio Times: “So he feels sorry for me, does he? Well I’m very happy, he needn’t worry about me.”

Lewis has now issued a statement apologizing for his comments.

ian-mckellenHe says, “I am hugely embarrassed that comments of mine have been linked in a negative way to Sir Ian MCKellen. 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.”

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One response to “Damian Lewis apologizes to Ian McKellen”

  1. Moris says:

    I see blank press likes making scandal where there is nothing to do with it. Famous people need to be careful and very attentive to what they say or never care for the possible reaction on publicity’s side. The outcomes can be different even scandalous or rather hilarious. I don’t see anything in his words connecting his remarks directly to Ian MCKellen. Well, maybe it is a sort of PR, who knows??? It is the case when an elephant is made out of a fly.