Actor Patrick Stewart on Tuesday made
light of being mistakenly outed as gay by UK paper The Guardian.
“Some gay people, such as Sir Patrick
Stewart, think [Ellen] Page's coming out speech is newsworthy,” the
paper reported on Monday.
The story was updated to include: “This
should have read 'Some people, such as Sir Patrick Stewart, think
Page's coming out speech is newsworthy.”
The 73-year-old Stewart, who is best
known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek: The
Next Generation franchise and Professor Charles Xavier in the
X-Men film series, was a good sport about the mix up.
“@Poynter But @Guardian I have, like,
five or even SEVEN hetero friends and we totally drink beer and eat
lots of chicken wings!” Stewart tweeted to his more than 986,000
followers, a reference to his widely publicized friendship with actor
Ian McKellen, who is openly gay.
“Well, @Guardian it makes for a nice
change … at least I didn't wake up to the Internet telling me I was
dead again,” he added.
Last year, Stewart married his wife
Sunny Ozell in a ceremony officiated by McKellen.