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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Let's Celebrate Geek Pride/Ian McKellen Day!

Dear friends,

Today it calls for a celebration, you know?! After all, it is Sunday and the last of the month of May so let us see what it has for us: Geek Pride Day & Ian McKellen's birthday
How lucky does the world get to celebrate 2 wonderful things in the same day? Well here we are, on this very day 37 years ago the first Star Wars movie was released. But this celebration shares the same date as two other similar fan "holidays": Towel Day, for fans of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy by Douglas Adams, and the Glorious 25th of May for fans of Terry Pratchett's Discworld
So if you are a fantasy and/or a sci-fi fan, raise your hands and give a warm round of applause for the one and only George Lucas, who made this day come true. You all know what a big fan I am, and tell you the truth I was never shy to admit I love a movie that was not quite that popular back home, especially if you were a girl ;) Somehow people think that just because you are a girl you should automatically be all mushy and love only the comedies and the musical that can bring you to tears. No sir! That is not for me!
I remember being somewhere in 2nd or 3rd grade when my father first took me to the cinema to see the first Star Wars movie of the original series. I was in awe and I exited the room completely changed! Of course my father had seen those movies before but he had no indeea of how much this movie would be part of my life. I remember drawing on every piece of paper since then R2D2 and C3PO along with X-Wing Ships. It was either that or drawing Sailor Moon, so it was a balanced way of being ;) and come to think of it, SM could have been sci-fi as well if you think of the big picture...
But let us also give a round of applause... Wait! What are you doing? I am still clapping here! (franatically, if I may say so!) The one and only Ian McKellen! If you dared to asked who is he you should be ashamed, as most certainly you have seen him before in movies but you did not remember. Maybe you would rather like to have in your memory the schedule of the bus instead of remembering about the one and only Gandalf / Magneto
He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and two Critics' Choice Awards. He has also received two Academy Award nominations, eight BAFTA film and TV nominations and five Emmy Award nominations. McKellen's work spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. McKellen was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1979, was knighted in 1991 for services to the performing arts, and was made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and to equality, in the 2008 New Year Honours.
How awesome can this man be?! His talent is limitless and off screen he is adorable as a teddy bear. His long lasting friendship with Patrick Steward - whom you certainly know from Star Trek as Captain Picard - is legendary and they are acting in plays and doing movies together as well - take for example the X-Men Series where he plays Magneto, the friend/arch enemy (complicated relationship) or Patrick who plays the one and only Charles Xavier ;) Should I mention that you should check out (frequently) their Twitter accounts as they love to post pictures of eachother when they are meeting out for a pint?! ;))) Or the fact that Ian officiated Patrick's wedding ceremony? How cool is to have your best friend doing that? Oh... I wish them an everlasting friendship as they are 2 of the most talented actors you can lay eyes upon :)
How about you? Are you going to celebrate Geek Pride Day and relate with your inner geek? :)

Yours truly,
A Geek(ish) LadyBug