HE has lived in Middle Earth and been surrounded by mutants, but Sir Ian McKellen remembers his early years in Wigan.
The veteran actor was at the London premier this week of X-Men: Days of Future Past and on the red - or blue - carpet told Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold: “It wasn’t like this growing up in Wigan...”
He was joined by fellow best pal Sir Patrick Stewart as well as Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, who play their younger counterparts in the latest superhero film.
Both Sir Ian and Michael play Magneto, whilst Scottish actor James and former Star Trek star Sir Patrick play Professor Charles Xavier.
The London event is part of the X-Men X-perience global take-over, which sees the cast also attending premieres in Moscow, Melbourne, Beijing, Singapore and Sao Paulo.
The Shakespearian bard also paid homage to Wigan’s sports teams, Latics and Warriors on Chris Evans’ BBC2 breakfast show on Friday.
Sir Ian also spoke to other media to make the comparison between mutants and homosexuals in terms of being the minority.
The openly gay actor said: “When Bryan Singer, the X-Men director, asked me to be in these films he sold it to me on just this point: as a gay man you can identify with mutants – people who have talents but are despised by society as they’re different.
“In many areas of the world being gay is still a mutancy which is clearly not tolerated in some societies. You can be put to death for your sexuality. Not in this country. We have advanced – it’s been one of the great joys of my life.”
And in reference to the UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s declaration that most British people over 70 are “uncomfortable” with homosexuality, the 74-year-old said: “He hasn’t talked to this over-70-year-old.
“Farage needs to get out more. Gay people come and get married. The story is over.
“People shout louder and louder because they are so frustrated their opinions and their prejudices have not been confirmed by the rest of society.”
Meanwhile, fresh from his X Men fight, Sir Ian’s next big project could be Noel, a biographical film about Noel Coward.
The Lord of The Rings star is currently in talks with producers, alongside Vanessa Redgrave.
Glee’s Chris Colfer has landed the lead role as the playwright in his youth.