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Why Sir Ian McKellen And Sir Patrick Stewart Rule The Internet
The very best online moments of the selfie-loving thesps

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ACTORS AND ACTIVISTS

As Sir Ian’s Twitter bio (“actor and activist”) suggests, performance isn’t the only thing he’s good at. The same goes for Sir Patrick, who campaigns for charities such as Amnesty International proudly. They’re also (as their Twitter use suggests) thoroughly tech-savvy and good cooks to boot.

26) Back in 1995, Sir Ian met Nelson Mandela to campaign for the South African constitution to explicitly prevent discrimination on the basis of sexuality:

The final photo is a lovely bookend to the meeting, and the campaign was successful:

Sir Ian McKellen and Nelson Mandela

27) In a particularly honest and moving Q&A, Patrick Stewart speaks out against domestic abuse, and comforts an audience member:

28) According to Sir Patrick, Sir Ian makes a mean risotto:

 

 

29) Ian McKellen is very proud of having (apparently) been one of the first ever bloggers in Hollywood, and you can find his very first entry (“Thoughts prior to the beginning of filming X-MEN”) by clicking the picture below:

X-Men

It recounts some of the scheduling dramas between X-Men and The Lord Of The Rings, and gives a nice glimpse into Sir Ian’s reason for playing a mutant: “I certainly like Magneto’s awareness of his body. Maybe I’m doing this movie in praise of sexy 60 year olds.”

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1 Great article
...seem like such decent chaps More

Posted by spideed2 on Friday May 9, 2014, 12:44

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Thanks for this - cheered me up no end! :) More

Posted by callaghan_h on Friday May 9, 2014, 12:14

3 Bromancs
Why can't two guys have fun together? Doesn't mean they are fooling around ! I think it's sweet to see two such great actors who command the respect of most of their peers have such a great bromance More

Posted by kittybinks on Friday May 9, 2014, 06:54

4 wow
Empire JUST turned from a movie magazine into a celebrity magazine like that! More

Posted by Darren47 on Thursday May 8, 2014, 19:52

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So why are those two geezers together all the time? Are they fucking? More

Posted by Pelle on Thursday May 8, 2014, 14:32

6 Sweeties!
The pair always make my day when I see their photos or clips! I am so looking forward to X-Men Days of Future Past! More

Posted by lfrost on Wednesday May 7, 2014, 22:14


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