You can always count on the shining stars of celebdom to throw cutting comments at each other like confetti. In an interview with The Guardian a couple of months ago Damian Lewis threw some serious shade in Ian McKellen's direction with a barely concealed barb. The smug Homeland star probably thought he had got away unscathed until a serious burn came bouncing right back at him.
told The Guardian that he viewed as a cautionary tale that prompted him to move away from theatre. He explained that when he was in his 20s he was worried he would become;
one of these slightly over-the-top, fruity actors who would have an illustrious career on stage, but wouldn't start getting any kind of film work until I was 50 and then start playing wizards
After two months of dignified silence, McKellen hit back at the Homeland star according to his own schedule. Whilst maintaining a certain decorum by not naming names, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug star told Radiotimes that;
I wouldn't like to have been one of those actors who hit stardom quite early on and expected it to continue and was stuck doing scripts that I didn't particularly like just to keep the income up. I've always wanted to get better as an actor. And I have got better. You've only got to see my early work to see that
MEOW! McKellen didn't stop there when it came to shaking the young(ish) whippersnapper back into shape. The knighted actor went on to say that;
"No one needs to feel sorry for me or Michael Gambon [who played Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies] or anyone else who has fallen victim to success
It's like he carefully noted an appropriate date for a nonchalant response in his leather bound diary and lined up an interview accordingly. Let's hope Lewis is offered a wizardy role he can't refuse in the future so we can all point and laugh at his arrogance dressed in a fetching pointy hat.