Sir Ian McKellen Talks Stonewall Film Trailer & Whitewashing Accusations

Gay Star News recently spoke with Sir Ian McKellen about a variety of topics, one of which being the trailer for the upcoming Stonewall film.

I doubt any of you need to be told why this was such a hot topic to discuss, the controversy surrounding the “whitewashing” in the trailer has been hard to miss. In case you have not seen the trailer, you can find it below.

As for Ian McKellen’s comments though, here’s what he had to say, complete with the questions asked.

Q: Are you looking forward to the new Stonewall film?

A: I’ve heard a little bit about it. I haven’t seen it. I would like to know more about what actually happened. I’ve heard the stories and I visited the Stonewall Inn for the first time very recently. One of the barmen was there the night of the riots. But I know there’s some disagreement with the representation of the principal players. Have you seen it?

Q: No. We’ve seen the trailer. So far, the accusations of whitewashing have been directed at the trailer rather than the film. No one has seen the film yet.

A: It’s a bit early to criticize then. I know enough about trailers to know they’re not necessarily representative of the film. No one is likely to have made a film about the Stonewall Riots in order to distort the story. But they may have had to do certain casting to get the film made. The Harvey Milk film [Milk, 2008] was romanticized. It was wonderful. I loved Pride [2014], that was romanticized, fictionalized. I suppose they were more attractive looking people in the film than were there in life. Does that matter?