Key brushes off talk of Sir Ian boycott
Prime Minister John Key has brushed off suggestions Hobbit star Sir Ian McKellen is boycotting the film's premiere in protest at his "gay red shirt" gaffe.
Sir Ian - who plays wizard Gandalf the Great won't walk the red carpet at the glitzy bash next week. Earlier this month he reprimanded Key for his mocking of a radio presenter's red top.
Key said today: "I'd be amazed if that was the case."
The Prime Minister is in Cambodia - where his own striking fuchsia pink shirt caught the attention of US President Barack Obama at a gala dinner of world leaders.
He didn't choose the garb - it was allocated to him by Cambodia officials - but he didn't seem too keen on it yesterday. "My office gave them the measurements, but not the colour'.
Their conversation on the red-carpet "did start with the shirt, yes ... that could be another diplomatic incident that I can't afford," he said.
"Ï'm going to describe [the shirt] as fetching, which is broadly along the lines that the president described it as well.''
After Key's remarks, Sir Ian took to his blog telling Key to "watch his language".
- Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelt Sir Ian McKellen's last name as McKellan.