“The Guardian is a newspaper that I love and have tremendous affection for,” he explains. “I wasn’t going to get all upset and stuffy about somebody being a little bit careless in their research.”
He chuckles as he adds, “Or frankly who had looked at some of the evidence and made an assumption.”
The “evidence” he refers to are photos like the delightful images he shared via social media shortly after The Guardian’s gaffe, which featured Stewart and his BFF celebrating the end of their most recent Broadway runs by touring New York City together. “Yes, I’ll acknowledge we were a bit cheeky at times,” he says of their outing in the Big Apple. “We were photographed walking hand in hand on the boardwalk at Coney Island, sitting with our arms around the gay pride statues in Manhattan, and in front of [the iconic gay bar] Stonewall. So yes, we were aware that we were being a little bit cheeky and even a little bit provocative, but we both enjoyed that.”
While Stewart says neither he nor McKellen will likely return for the next installment of X-Men, he had hoped the two would be able to team up again with him making a guest appearance in the new sitcom Vicious, which features McKellen and Derek Jacobi as a cantankerous gay couple.
“I had been teasing Ian all along from the very beginning when we were on Broadway last year saying, ‘There’s got to be something for me in this if you and Derek are in it. Surely they’ve got some extraordinarily wise, sexy, older gay friends that are in the series,’” he says. “Then I was deeply disappointed when I had to turn down exactly such an invitation before Christmas because I’m working in Los Angeles for the next four or five months. So they did try, but it didn’t work out.”
Hopefullly we won't have to wait too long for the next adventure of these two gifted youngsters.
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