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Our heroes, Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi were the grand marshals in this year’s New York City Pride parade  Photograph: Janet Mayer/Splash News/Corbis
Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi were the grand marshals in this year’s New York City Pride parade Photograph: Janet Mayer/Splash News/Corbis

It is a great honor to have had the privilege of interviewing the world's leading Shakespearean actor Sir Derek Jacobi for the film NOTHING IS TRUER THAN TRUTH. His support and encouragement have been critical to our success. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to attend a rare live performance by Jacobi, in collaboration with his partner, the esteemed director Richard Clifford, at the Folger Consort's Merchant of Venice, at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD. Sir Derek is a leader in the Oxfordian movement, serving as Honorary Trustee of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship. We are very grateful for his participation in the project and his commitment to bringing the true Shakespeare to audiences around the world.

We are thrilled to have met the great actor Sir Ian McKellen in New York after his smash-hit performance in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land where we had the opportunity to thank him in person for the amazing work that he has done to support LGBTQ rights, especially his work with high school students. He supports many gay rights and arts organizations, including Stonewall, dedicated to tackling bullying and homophobia in schools in the UK. McKellen is a brilliant actor, absolutely fabulous in the new film Mr. Holmes. Here is what he said about Shakespeare's sexuality:

From The UK Daily Mail

In 2012, Shakespearean actor Sir Ian McKellen boldly announced that there was absolutely 'no doubt' the bard was bisexual.

The Lord of the Rings star said he was adamant Shakespeare preferred sex with men even though he was married with children. The 75-year-old acclaimed thespian said he came to his conclusion after studying the English poet's work. At the time, he said:

'I'd say Shakespeare slept with men. The Merchant of Venice, centering on how the world treats gays as well as Jews, has a love triangle between an older man, younger man and a woman. And the complexity in his comedies with cross-dressing and disguises is immense. Shakespeare obviously enjoyed sex with men as well as women.'

Don't miss Sir Derek in the latest season of Last Tango in Halifax, and the two actors together again in the second season of Vicious, premiering on PBS on August 23rd!

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