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Ian McKellen Celebrates 30th Anniversary of His Coming Out

Ian McKellen publicly came out as a gay man thirty years ago and he is celebrating the anniversary of that special moment.

“I’ve never met a gay person who regretted coming out – including myself. Life at last begins to make sense, when you are open and honest,” the 78-year-old actor wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday (January 27).

“Today is the 30th anniversary of the BBC radio discussion when I publicly said I was gay. So I’m celebrating!” he wrote.

A few years ago, Ian opened up about what made him decide to come out thirty years ago.

“[Back then] there was no equal age of consent [to have sex]. It was 21 for gay people. Nobody worried about the lesbians – they could just get on with it! It was 16 for straight people. Now it’s 16 for everybody. Gays could not serve [openly] in the military. That’s now gone,” Ian told Huffington Post. “There was a very nasty law called Section 28, which inhibited teaching about homosexuality in schools. That’s what got me out. That’s what got me involved. Well, that law is gone. It is now, ironically, illegal to discriminate against gay people in schools – a total reversal of Section 28!”

Ian McKellen Wants to Return as Gandalf in 'Lord of the Rings' TV Series!

A friendly face might be returning to the Lord of the Rings TV series!

Sir Ian McKellen – who played Gandalf in the movies – revealed that he can’t see anyone else playing his role in the upcoming series coming to Amazon.

The 78-year-old actor stopped by Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday morning (December 16) where he was asked how he would feel if someone else played Gandalf.

“What do you mean, another Gandalf?” Ian said. “I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it? Gandalf is over 7000 years old, so I’m not too old.”

Back in November, it was announced that a Lord of the Rings series was officially in the works on Amazon – and that it was already confirmed for a multi-season order!

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Helen Mirren Talks Scoring L'Oreal Beauty Deal At Age 69: 'It Was About Bloody Time!'

Helen Mirren is opening up about landing a beauty contract with L’Oreal in 2014 when she was 69.

“It was about bloody time!,” the (now) 71-year-old actress expressed while attending a panel at the 2017 Cannes Lions Festival on Wednesday (June 21) in Cannes, France.

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“I thought, at last, there has been a shift [in the fashion and beauty industry] – I’m talking about age and beauty, but also diversity,” Helen continued (via PageSix). “It’s great to see older women, different genders, different religions – the whole diversity of the world we are living in.”

Also attending panels at the festival that same day were Mena Suvari, Alicia Silverstone and Sir Ian McKellen.

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Ian McKellen Reveals Why He Turned Down Dumbledore Role in 'Harry Potter' Films

Ian McKellen was once offered a chance at the role of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films after the original actor chosen for the role, Richard Harris, passed away after making the first two movies in the franchise.

“When they called me up and said would I be interested in being in the Harry Potter films, they didn’t say in what part,” Ian said during an appearance on the BBC. “I worked out what they were thinking, and I couldn’t… I couldn’t take over the part from an actor who I’d known didn’t approve of me.”

Richard apparently called Ian‘s acting, “technically brilliant but passionless,” in the past.

Ian McKellen's Women's March Sign Featured Patrick Stewart as Star Trek’s Captain Picard

Ian McKellen held a sign at the 2017 Women’s March that was too perfect.

The 77-year-old Lord of the Rings actor rallied at the march on Saturday (January 21) in London, England.

His sign featured Star Trek‘s Captain Picard – aka his BFF Patrick Stewart – holding his face in his palm.

The duo’s sweet, hilarious friendship is well-documented.

Ian also shared an inspiring message about his experience at the march, referring to President Donald Trump as “President Breaking Wind.”

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VIDEO: Watch Dan Stevens' Beast Charm Emma Watson's Belle in Disney's New 'Beauty & the Beast' Footage

Are you getting excited for Beauty and the Beast?

Disney’s live-action remake doesn’t hit theaters until March 17, but you can feast your eyes on some new footage right now in a 30-second TV spot called “Charm Her.”

In the clip, the Beast’s (Dan Stevens) companions – including Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson), and Lumiere (Ewan McGregor) – give him their best advice on how to woo Belle (Emma Watson).

Check it out below!

And in case you missed it, click here to listen to the official audio of Emma Watson singing “Something There.”

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VIDEO: New 'Beauty & The Beast' Trailer is So Magical!

The latest trailer for Emma Watson‘s Beauty and the Beast was just released and while it is so magical to watch, unfortunately one thing that is missing is any sign of singing!

The live-action version of the Disney musical will feature the music that you have fallen in love with and we can’t wait until we get to hear some of it.

Also starring in the movie are Dan Stevens as The Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Josh Gad as Le Fou, and many more.

Make sure to see all of the recently released photos from the film.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17, 2017. Watch the new trailer below!

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