Ian McKellen said that it was common back when he for the first time to do for actresses proposal board with the sex for roles.
Sir Ian McKellen condemned the recent wave of sexual misconduct accusations that have taken over Hollywood, and proved that it was customary earlier in his career for actresses to have sex with directors for movie roles.
The Academy Award-nominated actor spoke at the Oxford Union earlier this month, and recalled the time when he started his career in the 1960’s that it was customary for actresses proposal board with the sex for roles, Entertainment Weekly reported.
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“The director of the theatre I was working at showed me some pictures that he got of women who want jobs,” McKellen said. “They were actors. And some of them had ― I think that these were the initials on the bottom of their photo ‘DDR’ — directors’ rights to be respected.
“In other words,” If you give me a job, you can have sex with me.” That was just for people who claimed that they are the victim. Madness,” the “Lord of the Rings” actor said.
McKellen said that he hoped that the inappropriate behavior would be “cut off”, but expressed his doubt to those who have been wrongly accused.
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“I suppose only good will come of these revelations, even though some people, of course, get wrongly accused — there is that side of it as well. Honesty, honesty, honesty,” he said.
McKellen, an openly gay man, also talked about the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kevin Spacey, with whom he worked in 2004. McKellen criticized Spacey for coming out as gay in response to the accusations and called it “objectionable because it is linked to an alleged underage sex with a declaration of sexuality.”
Ian Mckellen criticized Kevin Spacey’s reaction to his sexual misconduct allegations.