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Well, He Did Play Gandalf After All
By Ed Driscoll · August 29, 2007 11:49 AM · Hollywood, Interrupted · Muggeridge's Law · The Return of the Primitive

Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen gives a demonstration in magical thinking:

Sir Ian McKellen is so offended by the Bible’s anti-gay stance he makes a point of ripping out the relevant page every time he stays in a hotel room. The openly homosexual actor, a longtime campaigner for gay rights, accepts he shouldn’t vandalise the Bible, but finds it difficult to contain his outrage at the contents of Leviticus 20:13 when he spots the holy book in hotels. McKellen says, “It’s the one thing I find difficult to defend but do go on doing.” The Leviticus 20:13 passage reads: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.”
Some random thoughts:

  • As the late Cathy Seipp once wrote, "Behind the New Age grin of beatific self-righteousness with which so many Hollywood celebrities greet the world often lurks a tantrum ready to erupt."
  • Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien was a devout Catholic. Funny how that didn't prevent McKellen from appearing in the films based on his legendary books. But a paycheck's a paycheck, right?

  • I thought trashing a religion's most sacred publication constituted a hate crime these days. Can hotels thow the book--so to speak--at McKellen for such vandalism?
  • Will Newsweek excoriate McKellen for such an act? And if not, why not?
  • When will the New York Times hire him as a contributor?
  • Chris Matthews called Sen. Larry Craig "a sexual deviant and a world-class hypocrite" simply for his wide political stance in a Minneapolis men’s room. What would Matthews say about this?
  • Update: Related thoughts from Daily Dollop.

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