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A Tale of Two Sirs: Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Talk Their Storied Acting Careers on Charlie Rose (WATCH VIDEO)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 3, 2013 at 2:55PM

Check out this delightful pairing of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen on Charlie Rose. The duo of Sirs, and best buds, talk their acting careers.
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Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen
Patrick Stewart's wedding

Check out this delightful pairing of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen on Charlie Rose. The duo of Sirs talk their acting careers from the National Shakespeare Theater to Hollywood, from "Star Trek"'s Captain Jean-Luc Picard and "The Lord of the Rings"' Gandalf to Professor X and Magneto in "X-Men," when they became close friends. (Stewart tweeted their adorable Thanksgiving pic, above, and McKellen officiated at his recent wedding, right.)

They've got a current repertory engagement on Broadway in two two-handers, Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land" (it was Stewart's idea for him to take the Ralph Richardson part and give McKellan the showier John Gielgud role) and Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," which they had already mounted in London.

Upcoming is next summer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," where the two elder statesmen co-mingle with their characters' younger selves (played by Michael Fassbender as the young Magneto, and James McAvoy as the young Charles Xavier). Trailer here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.