'Homeland's' Damian Lewis apologizes for 'fruity' insult, Ian McKellen responds
Back in October, Lewis spoke to The Guardian about why he didn't stick with his work in theater. "The idea that I would be one of these slightly over-the-top, fruity actors who would have an illustrious career on stage, but wouldn't start getting any kind of film work until I was 50 and then start playing wizards," he said in a comment that many believed to be about McKellen.
It didn't take long for the "The Hobbit" star to respond. "So he feels sorry for me, does he? Well I'm very happy, he needn't worry about me," he told Radio Times.
All this escalated into Lewis releasing a very, very apologetic statement.
"I am hugely embarrassed that comments of mine have been linked in a negative way to Sir Ian McKellen," he tells The Guardian. "I have always been, and continue to be, an enormous fan and admirer of Sir Ian's. He's one of the greats and one of the reasons I became an actor. My comment in the Guardian was a soundbite I've been giving since 1999 -- it was a generic analogy that was never intended to demean or describe anyone else's career. I have contacted Sir Ian McKellen and have given him my sincerest apologies."
For McKellen's part, he accepted the apology with the sort of grace fans have come to expect of the esteemed actor.
"There was no need for @Lewis_Damian to apologise to me, as I thought his comments were fair. But he's a gentleman," he tweets. "Now I hope @lewis_damian enjoys @TheHobbitMovie DOS as much as I enjoy @SHO_Homeland."
This proves that both of these men are gentlemen.