Ian McKellen to Officiate at Patrick Stewart’s Wedding
(NEW YORK) -- It will be an event that already has geeks buzzing: Magneto marries Professor X. Jean-Luc Picard married by Gandalf. That is to say, when Patrick Stewart ties the knot for the third time -- this time with jazz singer Sunny Ozell -- his friend and X-Men co-star Ian McKellen will be the one pronouncing them man and wife.
“I’m going to marry Patrick,” McKellen revealed on the U.K.’s Jonathan Ross Show this past weekend, before the openly gay actor quickly clarified, “I am going to officiate at his wedding.”
McKellen, who plays mutant villain Magneto to Stewart's hero Professor Charles Xavier, admitted that he doesn’t know how he’ll legally be able to do that -- but suggested that in “America, somewhere,” it’s fairly simple.
“I read out the words, and Sunny and Patrick will then be married -- 'I declare you man and wife,'” he said.
It’s not McKellen’s first time, either. “I’ve done it once before, with two guys having a civil partnership [in the U.K.],” McKellen told Ross. “I was crying my eyes out.”
For that ceremony, McKellen revealed he, “went with a sort of gown, white, something I bought in India. It was rather fetching.”
He did not reveal what he plans to wear for former Star Trek captain Stewart’s wedding, saying only, “You mustn’t upstage the bride.”
Stewart’s bride-to-be is less than half his age. The 72-year-old actor met the 35-year-old Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter in 2008 when he was performing in a production of Macbeth at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The couple shares a home in Brooklyn.
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