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:
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:
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.”