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Hangin' with the Sirs: 10 Reasons I Want to Spend Every Day with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | July 24, 2013 | Comments ()


The twinkly-eyed duo of Sirs McKellen and Stewart are everywhere these days, and we’re all the better having these lovely gentlemen in our midst. Both members of the Royal Shakespeare Company are active in multiple charities and stand together supporting civil rights (McKellen co-founded Stonewall, Stewart is a patron of Refuge). They’re re-teaming as Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier in Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, roles for which each have been nominated for Blockbuster Awards. Additionally, the Sirs are currently preparing for limited runs of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land; the Berkley Rep will feature No Man’s Land during August, while Broadway’s Cort Theater will feature the double bill starting in November (of course, right after I’ve moved across the country!). Aside from the fact that these talented men clearly enjoy working together, it’s a given they’d be a barrel of fun to spend a day with—heck, every day.

1. They’re Friends Onscreen and Off.


2. Sir Ian Cooks! (Making risotto for Sir Patrick)


3. They Spy on Each Other and Tweet the Photos.


4. They Can Steal the Camera Attention from Halle Berry.


5. They Go to Comic Con Together…


And Steal the Show:


6. Sir Ian Is Going to Marry Sir Patrick. Er, That Is, He’ll Officiate the Service.


7. They Love Hats! (I Love Hats.)






8. They’ve Both Been Knighted.



9. They Dance Together.

10. They Love Each Other and They’re Not Afraid to Show It.


Broadway tickets; Berkley Rep tickets.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) is certain she’d not be a third wheel.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • zeke_the_pig

    They wear the shit outta those hats, too

  • manting

    here is one of my favorite Pat Stew moments, "its too late - Ive seen everything!"


  • John G.

    I love that scene.

  • wsapnin

    My love for sir patrick was sealed when once on Leno he was giddy like a school girl when the subject of Reba Mcentire was brought up. He was positively smitten with her and it was a beautiful thing to watch.

  • manting

    about 8 years ago I was at a bachelor party in Vegas. I was invited to a dinner (along with my cousin) by a childhood friend. The childhood friend happened to have worked as Brian Singers assistant for like 8 years (he is now an Exec at Legendary) At this dinner were Singer, David Geffen, Elton John, Ian Mckellen and either Zigfried or Roy I don't remember which. It was my brothers bachelor party so we did not attend. One of the big regrets of my life. I could have had dinner with the Gay Illuninati and instead I went to Crazy Horse 2 and got lapdances from Gorgeous George of WWF fame. (she was one of Macho man randy savages "girls") Totally blew that call.

  • manting

    Ive always loved these two - even before Ian came out. Stewart is the tits. His turn on Gervais's Extras was pure genius

  • BlackRabbit

    My google-fu is out of whack, so could someone tell me: is Sir Ian the first gay person to be knighted in modern England?

  • crackblind

    I'm guessing you mean OPEN gay person to be knighted cause I'm sure a bunch of those "confirmed bachelors" (and a hell of a lot of the married ones too) would qualify.

  • manting

    maybe Elton John?

  • BlackRabbit

    For some reason I forgot he'd been knighted.

  • manting

    well bigwig and fiver should have told you

  • BlackRabbit

    Fiver's into Daft Punk. Bigwing? Opera.

  • Less Lee Moore

    The pic in #3 is killing me. It's like some cat photobomb macro. I can't stop laughing. Also I love these two old guys.

  • Slash

    Holy shit, look at those two. Who wouldn't want to spend every day with them? Just listening to them talk about regular stuff would be intoxicating. And if you got them drunk enough, maybe you could get them to say "Engage!" or "You shall not PASS!" and record it with your phone and use it as a ringtone. That'd be worth the trip to England right there.

  • Tell Sir Ian to call me. I'll switch sides, if for no other reason than to protect this sweet man from the Fassbender's....

  • jollies

    They'll be performing together in No Man's Land next month at Berkeley Rep. I've got my tickets and I am very excited to see them do their thing in person.

  • PowLo

    Stewart is amazing in this short film.


  • John G.

    one of my favorite Ian McKellen lines:

    Peter Jackson comes from New Zealand, says to me, “Sir Ian, I want you to be Gandalf the wizard.”
    And I say to him, “You are aware that I am not really a wizard,” and he said, “Yes, I am aware of that.
    What I want you to do is use your acting skills to portray the wizard for the duration of the film.”
    So I said, “Okay.” And then I said to myself, “Hmm, how would I do that?” And this is what I did:
    I imagined what it would be like to be a wizard, and then I pretended and acted in that way on the day…
    And how did I know what to say? The words were written down for me in a script. How did I know where to stand?
    People told me. If we were to draw a graph of my process, of my method, it would be something like this:
    “Sir Ian, Sir Ian, Sir Ian. Action. WIZARD! YOU SHALL NOT PASS! Cut! Sir Ian, Sir Ian, Sir Ian.”

  • JenVegas

    i'm sorry, but i'm going to geek out for a minute here. I'm SO EXCITED I splurged on tickets to see them do Godot in NY. SO EXCITED. No one I know is as excited. I AM SO EXCITED. That is all. Also, I love them both so much. I'm soooooo excited!!! That is all.

  • Three_nineteen

    I said "fuck it" and bought tickets to both. No Man's Land matinee, Waiting for Godot at 8:00.

  • manting

    is Godot playing now? How much are tickets? Im only a hour train ride from NYC and am interested. Let me know how it goes

  • Three_nineteen

    In New York, previews start in November, and the plays run from around Thanksgiving through January. Since I have to travel to NY to go, I bought tickets to both plays on the same day in early December.

  • JenVegas

    They just went on sale on Monday and my friend who works at Playbill hadn't even HEARD about this show so there are good chances tickets will be available for, at least, a little while longer. They aren't cheap but I feel like it was totally worth the splurge.

  • BigBlueKY

    That is some bitchin' Halle Berry side eye....

  • TheOriginalMRod

    This is the message SETI should be sending to outer space!

  • DarthCorleone


  • luthien26

    I should also say, I want these two to adopt me as their daughter, and take me on adventures with them.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    These are two gentlemen that I would just love to sit and have a pint with. Forever.

  • BWeaves

    Old people rock.

    Even when I was little, I always preferred hanging out with my ancient aunts and uncles rather than play with my cousins. The old folks had the best stories and the softest skin.

  • PaddyDog

    I have my Godot tickets in hand. Can't wait.

  • JenVegas


  • PDamian

    Love, love, LOVE the hug and kiss gif. And while I like Sir Ian plenty, Sir Patrick prompts my respect and admiration (along with my squees and fangirlyness). The speech he made on domestic violence in which he talked about his parents had me in tears. Look for it on the internet; you'll weep, too.

    PS Wanna see some sexy Stewart? Look up I, Claudius (it's available via Amazon Prime) and watch him strut his stuff as Sejanus. Hot Praetorian Guard bear action!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    who's in NYC? I'll host a viewing party.

  • That's absolutely not fair. I'd even skip tonight's Blizzard(TM) Company Picnic for that.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I got the dvd set for Christmas....I haven't watched it since I took a college course on it. (an Honors seminar, but still, a semester of watching & reading them with an awesome prof)

    You work for DQ?!

  • Why yes. I'm their Master Mixologist. ;-)

    No, I have friends who work for the gaming company.

  • PDamian

    Aw, geez ... sure wish I could be there.

  • foolsage

    "I, Claudius" was magnificent.

  • Wigamer

    No lie. I want to spend at least one night with Sir Patrick.

  • BWeaves

    I second I, Claudius. He almost has hair in that one. Actually, it's funny, but being bald means he never ever ages.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Put these two on a train across the whole of Eurasia and film it. Then I will give you all of the moneys for a box set.

  • zeke_the_pig

    I'm sending you all the moneys now on blind faith that this WILL HAPPEN; or that you will pursue it will all the tenacity and skill that I know you have to make sure that this WILL HAPPEN

  • They may be the only thespians who could consistently elevate reality tv format. just saying.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I know right? They are fascinating and intelligent men with a passion for life. The world needs to just shut up and listen to people like that. We would all be better off for it.

  • BobbFrapples

    They're the main reason I will be watching the next X-Men movie.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Patrick Stewart's twitter is a place of happiness, and much Sir Ian.

  • luthien26

    I LOVE these two together, so much. They need to make all their movies together so we can just watch them having fun. I would be entertained by that!

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    I went to Ian McKellen's pub in East London. It's charming, if you're in London, look it up. Forgot the name. Apparently he hangs out there quite often.

  • The Grapes?

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    That's the bunny!

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    The childhood friend happened to have worked as Brian Singers assistant
    for like 8 years (he is now an Exec at Legendary) At this dinner were
    Singer, David Geffen, Elton John, Ian Mckellen and either Zigfried or
    Roy I don't remember which. It was my brothers bachelor party so we did
    not attend. One of the big regrets of my life. I could have had
    dinner with the Gay Illuninati and instead I went to Crazy Horse 2 and
    got lapdances from Gorgeous George of WWF fame. (she was one of Macho
    man randy savages "girls") Totally blew that call.

  • I may now have to try it.

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