Ian McKellen Discusses Laura Linney, Alan Turing and Coming Out (Video)

News   Ian McKellen Discusses Laura Linney, Alan Turing and Coming Out (Video)
Sir Ian McKellen, most recently on Broadway in the revival of No Man's Land, was a recent guest on PBS' "Charlie Rose."

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.

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