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(Pajiba)   Who would dare to call Sir Ian McKellan a 'fruity actor' who could 'only play wizards'? Damian Lewis, that's who   (pajiba.com) divider line 108
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2013-12-10 04:58:58 PM
Sir Ian's response was priceless.  That is how it is done.  Even as he verbally garotted Lewis, It was classy and almost polite.  It makes me sad because I know that our guttural exchanges even by most of our leaders is vulgar.  Not because of the words they use, but because of the lack of thought that clearly went into them.
 
2013-12-10 04:59:17 PM
Who???
 
2013-12-10 05:04:51 PM
Was the author trolling with the Harry Potter movies bit? Because that would be awesome.
 
2013-12-10 05:08:13 PM
When you're knighted are you allowed to slay mere commoners?
 
2013-12-10 05:08:52 PM
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2013-12-10 05:09:14 PM
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2013-12-10 05:14:36 PM
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2013-12-10 05:14:46 PM
/looks at the article...

And that's why he's Sir Ian McKellen and you're just someone playing a wannabe traitor/jidhadist in a bad farking sendup of "24".
 
2013-12-10 05:14:49 PM
Something out of nothing.

OMG DBGS JUST CALLED DAMIAN LEWIS NOTHING!!!1eleventyone
 
2013-12-10 05:19:19 PM

Twist2005: Was the author trolling with the Harry Potter movies bit? Because that would be awesome.

 
2013-12-10 05:20:44 PM
Damian Lewis is getting offed on Sunday anyway.  Who cares.

/Sir Ian is awesome.  That level of awesomeness is too difficult for most to understand.
 
2013-12-10 05:23:03 PM
Is this season of Homeland worth watching? I think I made it two or three episodes and then never bothered to finish.
 
2013-12-10 05:23:48 PM
Shame on you, Damian.

Enjoy the years of panto ahead of you.
 
2013-12-10 05:29:00 PM

netringer: When you're knighted are you allowed to slay mere commoners?


I know of a fruity actor with an awesome range and a perchant for playing wizards who ought to have that honour (yes spelled the English way).
 
2013-12-10 05:32:24 PM
He's only 74? He's only a year older than Picard and he looks like his dad.
 
2013-12-10 05:34:21 PM
He was offered Dumbledore, and refused.

Richard Harris was also knighted, though, so I can see the confusion.
 
2013-12-10 05:37:19 PM
That's too bad.  Lewis is a British actor--that's like two levels of extra-tolerance that's supposed to be there.

/And this is coming from a guy who is still sort of weirded out by gays, but I know it's not my place to get all in their business.
//Brother is gay, so I get to be honest without getting yelled at.
 
2013-12-10 05:39:14 PM
This story just made McKellen sound like a crybaby drama queen:  http://www.contactmusic.com/story/ian-mckellen-offered-to-quit-the-ho b bit-on-the-first-day_3979269

"THIS IS NOT WHY I BECAME AN ACTOR!" As if he expected it to be farking Shakespeare. I can understand being frustrated with the setup he was put in, but A) You deal with frustrations as an actor by sacking up and doing your best, not breaking down crying and making everything about you; and B) How could he not have experienced similar frustrations with the LOTR movies? The same technical challenges were in those movies too (i.e., putting Gandalf and shrunken-down actors in the same shot), so he had to know what he was getting into when he joined The Hobbit.

Yes, he's unquestionably a great actor, but that doesn't entitle someone to act like a little biatch when things don't go their way.
 
2013-12-10 05:40:49 PM
Yes, shame on McKellan for playing an iconic character in fantasy literature.  Also I hear he played Gandalf.
 
2013-12-10 05:43:13 PM

fickenchucker: That's too bad.  Lewis is a British actor--that's like two levels of extra-tolerance that's supposed to be there.


It's also the pot calling the kettle "fruity".
 
2013-12-10 05:47:59 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: This story just made McKellen sound like a crybaby drama queen:  http://www.contactmusic.com/story/ian-mckellen-offered-to-quit-the-ho b bit-on-the-first-day_3979269

"THIS IS NOT WHY I BECAME AN ACTOR!" As if he expected it to be farking Shakespeare. I can understand being frustrated with the setup he was put in, but A) You deal with frustrations as an actor by sacking up and doing your best, not breaking down crying and making everything about you; and B) How could he not have experienced similar frustrations with the LOTR movies? The same technical challenges were in those movies too (i.e., putting Gandalf and shrunken-down actors in the same shot), so he had to know what he was getting into when he joined The Hobbit.

Yes, he's unquestionably a great actor, but that doesn't entitle someone to act like a little biatch when things don't go their way.


I didn't read that as him acting all diva-ish because things didn't go his way.  As an actor, he's got to be able to react or play off something.  It sounds like he wasn't prepped and thrown onto the set.  In LOTR, they worked a lot w/forced perspective.  Here we are, over a decade later, and CGI has come a long way, baby.  They don't need to rely on camera tricks anymore, they can just use software to splice everything together.
 
2013-12-10 05:53:34 PM
I have never heard of Damian Lewis.
 
2013-12-10 05:56:12 PM

brigid_fitch: In LOTR, they worked a lot w/forced perspective.  Here we are, over a decade later, and CGI has come a long way, baby.  They don't need to rely on camera tricks anymore, they can just use software to splice everything together.


I don't see how the former is that much less frustrating than the other. With forced perspective you can't look into the eyes of the other actor. And they did do some CG splicing in LOTR (for example, the shot of Bilbo taking Gandalf's hat near the beginning).
 
2013-12-10 05:59:13 PM

someonelse: I have never heard of Damian Lewis.


He was awesome in Band of Brothers, most everyone in BoB was pretty good, though.
 
2013-12-10 05:59:23 PM
Hey! He doesn't just play wizards... he plays a Nazi.

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"Be careful, boy... you play with fire."
 
2013-12-10 06:03:37 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: This story just made McKellen sound like a crybaby drama queen:  http://www.contactmusic.com/story/ian-mckellen-offered-to-quit-the-ho b bit-on-the-first-day_3979269

"THIS IS NOT WHY I BECAME AN ACTOR!" As if he expected it to be farking Shakespeare. I can understand being frustrated with the setup he was put in, but A) You deal with frustrations as an actor by sacking up and doing your best, not breaking down crying and making everything about you; and B) How could he not have experienced similar frustrations with the LOTR movies? The same technical challenges were in those movies too (i.e., putting Gandalf and shrunken-down actors in the same shot), so he had to know what he was getting into when he joined The Hobbit.

Yes, he's unquestionably a great actor, but that doesn't entitle someone to act like a little biatch when things don't go their way.


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By Grabthar's hammer... what a  savings.
 
2013-12-10 06:05:08 PM

someonelse: I have never heard of Damian Lewis.


He was in that movie about his left foot.
 
2013-12-10 06:05:59 PM

LonMead: Hey! He doesn't just play wizards... he plays a Nazi.

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"Be careful, boy... you play with fire."



That's what kind of interesting about good actors.  Nazi in one movie, angry Jew abused by Nazis in another.  And we mortals wonder why most of them are kind of weird.  They have all sorts of crap floating around their emotional and creative heads.
 
2013-12-10 06:06:52 PM

Mega Steve: By Grabthar's hammer... what a  savings.


Hehe. I made that comparison when the story about his little rant first came out. You can definitely hear Rickman's voice when you read that.
 
2013-12-10 06:09:37 PM

Mugato: someonelse: I have never heard of Damian Lewis.

He was in that movie about his left foot.


That was Carl Lewis. You know, the famous poll vaulter. I think it was his plant foot.
 
2013-12-10 06:15:26 PM
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It will take ten seconds to realize the headline and the story are basically purple-nurple bullsh*t bloggerjism..
 
2013-12-10 06:23:45 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: Mugato: someonelse: I have never heard of Damian Lewis.

He was in that movie about his left foot.

That was Carl Lewis. You know, the famous poll vaulter. I think it was his plant foot.


No, you're thinking of Richard Lewis, the Great Balls of Fire guy.
 
2013-12-10 06:28:10 PM
Damian Lewis may have done a good job portraying Major Winters in "Band of Brothers". But that doesn't mean he isn't a dick.
 
2013-12-10 06:31:16 PM

someonelse: TheShavingofOccam123: Mugato: someonelse: I have never heard of Damian Lewis.

He was in that movie about his left foot.

That was Carl Lewis. You know, the famous poll vaulter. I think it was his plant foot.

No, you're thinking of Richard Lewis, the Great Balls of Fire guy.


No, that's Jerry Lewis, the singer. Richard was in some show with Cosmo Kramer.
 
2013-12-10 06:31:52 PM
I've never seen Sir Ian do anything where he wasn't superlative.

/including kissing Jimmy Fallon
//Damian Lewis is an asshole
 
2013-12-10 06:34:02 PM

someonelse: TheShavingofOccam123: Mugato: someonelse: I have never heard of Damian Lewis.

He was in that movie about his left foot.

That was Carl Lewis. You know, the famous poll vaulter. I think it was his plant foot.

No, you're thinking of Richard Lewis, the Great Balls of Fire guy.


I guess being a pole vaulter explains how he got great balls of fire.

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2013-12-10 06:46:33 PM
Oh so, he thinks it's better to do this sort of film role instead?

/a completely sfw idiotic scene from Dreamcatcher, one of many that Lewis appeared in, in that POS.
 
2013-12-10 06:48:41 PM

thamike: Synchronize watches.

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It will take ten seconds to realize the headline and the story are basically purple-nurple bullsh*t bloggerjism..


A Google search for "damian lewis ian mckellen" turns up an awful lot of hits for this to be a hoax.
 
2013-12-10 06:49:38 PM
Yeah I'm sorry Damian but you peaked early, you'll never top Major Winters no matter what you do. Where as Mckellan has played two iconic roles in two seperate franchises and done them exceedingly well, on top of doing other film and theater work.

And there is nothing fruity about Mckellan's Gandalf.
 
2013-12-10 06:50:06 PM
That's a shame.  I've been a fan of Damien Lewis's since forever.  He was easily the best part of that godawful Deamcatcher's movie based off a Stephen King novel.
 
2013-12-10 06:50:16 PM
Dear Sir Ian:

Thank you.

I have been humbled by a great actor and an even greater gentleman.

Sincerely,

Damian Lewis

P.S. Plus I think it moved
 
2013-12-10 06:53:30 PM

fusillade762: thamike: Synchronize watches.

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It will take ten seconds to realize the headline and the story are basically purple-nurple bullsh*t bloggerjism..

A Google search for "damian lewis ian mckellen" turns up an awful lot of hits for this to be a hoax.


I never said it was a hoax.  I called bullsh*t on the headline and the premise of the blog.  It's cheap and silly.
 
2013-12-10 06:54:32 PM
All of a sudden Ross is lookin pretty good, huh?

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2013-12-10 06:54:44 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: Shame on you, Damian.

Enjoy the years of panto ahead of you.


Ian's actually played The Dame in panto.

Lewis is going to end up being the guy they call when Jason Stratham has said "no", and Jason isn't exactly being offered A-actor scripts.
 
2013-12-10 06:57:08 PM

A10Mechanic: All of a sudden Ross is lookin pretty good, huh?

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He was good at playing a dickbag.
 
2013-12-10 06:59:51 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: Shame on you, Damian.

Enjoy the years of panto and Guest Host of Have I Got News For You ahead of you.


FTF the thread.
 
2013-12-10 07:00:15 PM
Depending on the inflection that almost sounds like a superpower.
 
2013-12-10 07:02:55 PM
Ian McKellan is a cool guy. But Damian Lewis does have something of a point -- even if he has to be a douchebag about it. McKellan is a Shakespearian actor who is typecast frequently. He's used to certain roles and from what I've heard he has trouble adapting that role on certain occasions. I seem to recall James Marsden commenting that Sir Ian took several takes on one scene in X2 where Magneto rhetorically asks, "When will these people learn how to fly?"

McKellan was used to stage acting, playing Shakespearian characters. So when he goes to film... he typically is cast in those sorts of roles. Damien Lewis has a point there.

But Damien Lewis also didn't mention that McKellan isn't the only Shakespearian actor who is often typecast. Like Anthony Hopkins who plays Anthony Hopkins in every movie. Or Liam Neeson playing Liam Neeson in every movie (although I think Taken kind of broke that trend). Christopher Lee playing Christopher Lee in every film.

I mean part of me agrees with the guy -- but it's taken out of context of the bigger picture that there are many well-known actors and actresses from Shakespearian theatre who have a difficult time transitioning to film acting. I mean they aren't chameleons like Daniel Day-Lewis, or Gary Oldman. They have a presence and a charisma that they best portray on screen (and on stage), and that's what they get cast for. So BFD if that's what McKellan gets cast for.

It's still more than what Lewis has accomplished in his career.
 
2013-12-10 07:05:11 PM
Or one of those wish caveats. FROM HENCEFORTH YOU SHALL BE THE MOST FABULOUS RESPECTED ACTOR OF YOUR GENERATION BUT YOU WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO BE A WIZARD. Like hang on, there's got to be some sort of catch.
 
2013-12-10 07:15:35 PM
Am I missing something or has he only played one wizard? Unless the guy thinks Magneto is a wizard.

Those stage actors can be pretentious. Apparently it took forever to convince Alan Rickman to do Die Hard because he though it was beneath him. He's obviously gotten over that attitude since then.
 
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