The Herald ran a story yesterday hypothetically suggesting that Sir Ian McKellan has gone all gay and decided to poo-finger The Hobbit because he is too soft and can’t handle a joke. I’m surprised that it didn’t have David Fisher’s byline on it or a quote from his laptop.
Anyway do we really care about his comments or whether or not he’s been insulted? He’s just one of the hired help.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is rejecting speculation his “gay” gaffe is the reason one of The Hobbit’s stars is skipping the film’s world premiere in Wellington.
Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf in the films, will not attend the premiere ofThe Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey on November 28.
In a statement to The One Ring website, Sir Ian said it was thrilling the cast and crew would reunite in Wellington, and he was envious of them.
“As ever, my heart is in Wellington, and I send my love,” he said.
His absence has prompted speculation the openly gay star is boycotting the premiere after taking offence to the prime minister’s on-air remark that a radio host’s red top was “gay”.