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How Did Ian McKellen Become The Savviest Man In Social Media?

By Joanna Robinson | Miscellaneous | December 12, 2013 |

By Joanna Robinson | Miscellaneous | December 12, 2013 |

I know you’ve all seen glimpses of the Patrick Stewart/Ian McKellen Goodwill and Bowler Tour. Their obvious enjoyment of each other’s company and their generally light-hearted attitude has made them the toast of Twitter, Instagram and Vine. Not to be ageist, but that’s delightfully odd, isn’t it? That two men in their seventies have mastered the art of social media? I couldn’t even teach my gran how to use the TV remote. Whether or not they have a staff (or often, I suspect, Stewart’s lovely wife) helping them, they’re killing it. In honor of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug here’s a Vine (from Sesame Street) of McKellen meeting a muppet version of Gandalf. Adorable.

For more plummy (not fruity) McKellen and Stewart antics, please check out this delightful (yes, month old) interview with the NYT. There are several parts to the interview over on YouTube, but this should get you started. Oh to be a fly on that wall or a striped sock on Stewart’s foot.