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Sir Ian McKellen with his pal Sir Patrick Stewart

Sir Ian McKellen with his pal Sir Patrick Stewart

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THE strong bromance between X-Men co-stars Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart cannot be denied.

The pair tweeted a lovely photo of themselves supping a pint at McSorley’s Old Ale House in New York’s East Village.

They are to star on Broadway together starting November 24, in both No Man’s Land and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

Speaking of their friendship, Sir Ian said: “We are the same actor, really. We’ve had the same career, really,” McKellen recently told CBS News. “So we’re peers. We’re equals. We’re not rivals.”

Their stage reunion will be welcome news to Sir Ian, who admitted that he broke down in tears when their 2009 production of Waiting for Godot came to an end, because he knew he’d miss his friend so much.

But the Lord of The Rings actor told CBS News that he wouldn’t have predicted such a strong friendship between the two men, as Sir Patrick is from Yorkshire, whilst he was raised in Wigan, Lancaster and Bolton.

He said: “I don’t normally take to Yorkshire.

“They can be very dour. And they can be very stubborn.”

“Lancastrians, like me, are chippy. And happy. And like to get on with everybody.

“Yorkshire people have to be dealt with.”

And Sir Patrick added: “I have to agree with everything he says. There is a famous saying, ‘You can always tell a Yorkshireman but you can’t tell him much.’”

Sir Ian recently performed the marriage ceremony between the Star Trek actor and his wife, Sunny Ozell.

And the openly-gay actor even joked about marrying his fellow Lord of The Rings star, Cate Blanchett, as they had a lot in common.

He laughed: “Her husband doesn’t know, but she and I are going to get married quite soon. Which will surprise a lot of people,

“But you see, we only met at a party during the making of The Lord of the Rings, we weren’t on screen together.

“We were on screen together but we didn’t meet. Here [on The Hobbit], we had a whole week, or maybe two. “That was a thrill because she’s a great screen actor and a very congenial person, for me. She’s based in theatre.

“That’s her main job at the moment, running a theatre.

“So there wasn’t a moment that we didn’t have stuff to talk about.”