He told Uproxx: “Well, the image of those fun photos of Patrick and me – which were taken by his wife, Sunny – are of someone who seems to be enjoying themselves. “Sometimes there’s a limo, but on the whole, I’d rather just walk everywhere and that’s reflected in that image. He never gave an interview.” He continued: “What I thought was fun about Sunny’s idea to do those shots of Patrick and me, was at least they were taken by somebody who knew us; who knew what we would like to do. The pair also locked lips at the première of Sir Ian’s latest film, Mr Holmes – though it’s not clear whether they were also put up to that by Sir Patrick’s wife.
“And not removed from the everyday; not living behind some gated community in Beverly Hills, remote from the rest. Now, I think, frankly, I could do without having an image at all.
"I fell in love, then I had sex, and I sort of understood myself for the first time, and then went into the theater," he says.
So it came as no surprise to see Sir Ian Mc Kellen, 78, and Dame Maggie Smith, 82, looked in great spirits as they settled down to watch Day 9 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on Wednesday.
“But I can’t really sing,” he said.“That’s never prevented actors from appearing in musicals before.”“No,” he replied.
The pair’s photos quickly went viral, leading to speculation despite Stewart being straight and married – and Stonewall co-founder Sir Ian has finally explained how they came about. It was, but it was in family.” The two actors play sworn enemies Magneto and Professor X in the X-Men films – but are so close in real life that Sir Ian officiated at the wedding of Sir Patrick and his wife Sunny Ozell in 2013.Looking on eagerly, the thespians put on an animated display as they watched the action at Centre Court.Sir Ian and Dame Maggie have maintained a firm friendship and worked together in the 1995 film adaptation of Richard III.Sir Ian recently revealed that their paths nearly worked again as he was offered the role of Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series - where Dame Maggie starred as Professor Mc Gonagall.The veteran actor said he was contacted about the part after the death of Richard Harris, who played the Hogwarts' headmaster in the first two Harry Potter movies.“What I love about Patrick is that he’s so predictably myself. If Patrick comes into a rehearsal room and says, ‘Look, look…’ I know what it’s going to be about,” Mc Kellen adds, tuning to Stewart to add, “So it’s actually because you’re a narcissist and who you’re in love with is yourself.” The profile picks up on the camaraderie between the two and they unabashedly examine what it means to be, in essence, a nonsexual loving same-sex couple as older men comfortable with their sexualities.