Ian McKellen: X-Men is gay metaphor

Sir Ian McKellen believes that ‘X-Men’ is an metaphor for young gay, jewish and other minority people who ”identify” with ”mutants”.

Sir Ian McKellen believes that ‘X-Men’ is an metaphor for young gay men.

The 75-year-old actor – who plays Magneto in the ‘X-Men’ film series – has described the comic books, on which the movies are based, as an outlet for people who feel marginalised.

He said: ”The people who created ‘X-Men’ were writing a parable about the way society treated minorities – and the demographic for the comics over the years has been young blacks, young Jews and young gays. They all identify with the mutants – and they’re meant to.”

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