Watch the interview below:
Ian McKellen on coming out at "just the right time."
"A law was being passed I didn't approve of which disadvantaged gay people, and that's when I came out. And it was just the right time for me, because, 49, I was confident as an actor, as a person."
Ian McKellen on Laura Linney: A Total Pro
McKellen praises Linney's talent and describes how Linney's new baby lit up the set of "Mr. Holmes."
McKellen on Alan Turing
McKellen describes a poignant visit he took to Alan Turing's old public school. Turing was a mathematical genius (credited with inventing the first working computer) and British codebreaker/war hero. He was arrested for homosexuality in 1952 and subsequently sentenced to chemical castration. Turing committed suicide in 1954.
McKellen is a Tony winner for his performance in the original production of Amadeus.