*Admiring smoke rings.*
In between he found time for a series of interviews and spoke at length on Shakespearean plays and his views on homosexuality.
The Section 377 – a law on what is termed the “unnatural offences” – criminalises homosexuality. Though homosexuality was decriminalized by a High Court judgement in 2009, the Supreme Court overturned it in 2013.
Now the power to get rid of the Section lies in the hands of the parliamentarians.
He rightly pointed at the fears in our system. “The politician thinks: What will people think if I vote to remove Section 377, will I get re-elected?” Sir McKellen noted.
Yet Sir McKellen is quite sure we can change our laws and not live in a world “England was 30 years ago”.