McKellen reflects on Page’s “difficulty communicating” during the production of “X-Men.”
Ian McKellen used a recent interview with Attitude Magazine to show his support for his “X-Men” co-star Elliot Page after coming out as transgender in a December social media post. Page joined the “X-Men” franchise as a mutant Kitty Pryde in “X-Men: The Last Stand,” which marked McKellen’s third film playing Magneto after “X-Men” and “X2: X-Men. United ”. The two actors once again worked together on “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.
“Everything is better when you go out because you have confidence in yourself,” McKellen said, reflecting on his own experience as a gay man in Hollywood. “So you improve yourself in terms of relationships, friends of all kinds, family, if you’re lucky. And in my case, I think that in any case, your game is bound to change and improve.
McKellen expressed regret for not realizing Page’s identity struggle when they worked together on the “X-Men” films. The Magneto actor remembered that Page was calm on set and didn’t speak, which isn’t the page he saw later in his life when Page came out (first as gay in 2014, then as a transgender in 2020) and started using his voice to advocate on his behalf. gay and transgender rights.
“I remember Elliot Page, in one of the ‘X-Men,’ was sitting as close as we are now. And I had to speak when they were done, and I couldn’t hear what they were saying, ”McKellen said. “No one could hear what they were saying. So I said, ‘Look, if you can’t speak, would you mind when you’re done talking, just letting your hand drop so I know when you’re done talking?’ “
McKellen continued, “And then they came out [as gay] years later and suddenly you couldn’t stop them talking. You have heard it all. And now… they’re Elliot. And I’m so happy for Elliot. And so disappointed with myself that I did not detect how difficult their communication was.
Elliot Page became transgender on December 1, writing on social media, “I can’t begin to express how remarkable it is to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I have been endlessly inspired by so many members of the trans community. Thank you for your courage, generosity, and tireless work in making this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer all the support I can and will continue to fight for a more loving and equitable society.