April 24, 2006

Brokeback Mutants

I dig Ian McKellen, especially as Magneto, but this is going a bit far for a comicbook flick:

British actor SIR IAN MCKELLEN complained on the set of upcoming sequel X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, because he wanted his character MAGNETO to have some gay sex scenes. THE LORD OF THE RINGS star, who has been openly gay since 1988, insists a homoerotic sub-plot would have enhanced the movie. McKellen tells Empire magazine, "He hasn't been given a love line, which I think is a pity. It would be wonderful if the camera hovered over Magneto's bed, to discover him making love to Professor X."

Well, in the comics, Ian, neither Maggie nor Prof. X have been shown to be gay. In fact, their heterosexuality is fairly well established. And, since the movies have been pretty darn true to the comics, this idea would be just plain ludicrous -- especially a scene between Mags and the Prof.

(In Marvel's X-titles and elsewhere, Magneto has two children, the also-famous mutants Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Prof. X has fallen in love in several times, all with women -- or females of other races like Lilandra of the Shi'ar -- notably Jean Grey herself way early on in X-Men lore, as well as Moira Taggert, past-frequent X-Men guest-star. Oh, and the Israeli Gabrielle Haller springs to mind, too!)

Posted by Hube at April 24, 2006 07:33 PM | TrackBack

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This is hilarious, though I wonder if it's really true. I've heard things from Contact Music often come with a "believe at your own risk" stamp. This sounds simply too out there. Kind of like one of those planted stories in the National Enquirer game Howard Stern plays every week.

Still...very funny. I hate comic books, but I love the movies. I'll be one of the first in line for X3.

Posted by: Mike M. at April 24, 2006 06:39 PM

Another take:

I think Contact Music took the Empire quote out of context. McKellen is a pretty funny guy. Maybe his comment was more of a gay joke than an actual desire. When the quote is read as is, I think McKellen MUST have been joking.

Posted by: Mike M. at April 24, 2006 07:22 PM

I'll concede that the story has a dubious provenance -- but would not be surprised if it turns out to be true.

After all, who cares what the canon says -- it was created by straight white males who ruthlessly suppressed the necessary gay subplot! Liberate the seX-Men!

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at April 24, 2006 07:43 PM

Mike-o: I agree -- McKellen is a funny dude. It sure could be all in jest. (Remember him on SNL? Patrick Stewart's appearance was still better, however, IMO.)

Posted by: Hube at April 24, 2006 07:53 PM

Oh, I'm sure that the quote was tongue in cheek.

Funny, though.

That bloody movie can't get in theaters fast enough for me. I can't freaking wait!

Posted by: Bronwen at April 25, 2006 07:41 AM

I think Northstar (Alpha Flight, later X-Men) was gay, so it wasn't a total straight-only club. He was also French Canadian, not that there's anything wrong with that.

Posted by: G Rex at April 25, 2006 09:48 AM

Northstar is so stereotypical it's not funny. It's exactly the way the straight whites perceived gay people as and it'w wrong.

Not to mention Northstar was celibate...

Posted by: Zuraffo at May 7, 2006 02:25 AM

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