Just in case you didn’t see this, I wanted to put it here. In a Today Show interview last week, Gandalf (a.k.a. Ian McKellen) said that the Bible is fiction. Matt Lauer asked the cast how they would have felt if the DaVinci Code movie had included a disclaimer at the beginning saying that the story was fiction. McKellen replied with the following:
Well, I’ve often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying this is fiction. I mean, walking on water, it takes an act of faith. And I have faith in this movie. Not that it’s true, not that it’s factual, but that it’s a jolly good story. And I think audiences are clever enough and bright enough to separate out fact and fiction, and discuss the thing after they’ve seen it (source, video clip).
McKellen has been an outspoken defender of gay rights since he disclosed his own homosexuality in the late 1980’s (source). He has even admitted to ripping the book of Leviticus out of Gideon Bibles that he finds in hotel rooms because of Leviticus’ teaching against homosexuality (source, e.g. Leviticus 20:13).
In another interview, McKellen quipped that the Catholic Church might have reason to be thankful for The DaVinci Code‘s claim that Jesus was married:
I’m very happy to believe that Jesus was married. And I know the Catholic church has problems with gay people, and I thought this would be absolute proof that Jesus was not gay (source).