Move over George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen have the most excellent bromance of all time.
When the term “bromance” bulldozed into our everyday vernacular, it carried a certain air about it: Two men, best friends, unstoppable in their prime. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, on the heels of their Oscar win for Good Will Hunting, were the first A-listers to embrace the term. (They even had an off-Broadway play, Matt and Ben, that chronicled their close relationship.) Then George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Hollywood’s longtime “It” boys, basked in bromance glory.
So why do I think that the world’s best bromance right now is happening between two men “a few” years beyond their prime? Yes, I’m looking at you, Sir Patrick Stewart (73) and Sir Ian McKellen (74).
How excellent are these two men, distinguished in their theatrical repertoire but cool enough to become icons as Captain Picard and Gandolf?
And that was before their public romp through NYC.
While wrapping up their acclaimed Broadway plays Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land, these two best friends tore through the Big Apple, taking chummy pics and posting them for all of their fans. My favorites are from Coney Island. There they’re displaying their lily-white legs while strolling (hand-in-hand!) on the boardwalk. Look! They’re scared of heights and are clinging to each other on the Ferris wheel!
I love these guys.
The photos were Tweeted out by Stewart, who isn’t a stranger to gay jokes, old jokes or mocking all of it via social media. In February, after mistakenly being “outed” (he has been married three times—to women), he Tweeted: “…at least I didn’t wake up to the Internet telling me I was dead again.”
Sir Ian is gay, and I love how these pals mock the idea that if one person is gay, then everyone around that person must be, too… as if being gay were contagious, or people hang out only with others with the same sexual orientation. Yes, they’re long-time best friends, but one is straight and one is gay. And no one cares—certainly not in New York City! Oh, and a snub to the newspaper that probably confused the two men when it said that Patrick was gay instead of Sir Ian– just because we’re old white dudes doesn’t mean we’re interchangeable.
So we’re just going to don matching bowler hats and act goofy and show you that we’re still alive and kicking.
And that’s how the world’s ultimate bromance rolls. Excellent.