I'm only partway through season 2 of Homeland, but I have conflicted feelings about Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody. On the one hand, I guess I'm supposed to feel that way, so I can't blame him for the fact that his character makes my skin crawl. On the other hand, I feel like a different actor could have made Brody a more compelling part of the storyline (so I'm not always rooting for the camera to leave him behind in favor of Saul, who is majestic and perfect in every way).
My point here is that I don't think Damian Lewis is in such a lofty position performance-wise that he has the right to be publicly slamming any legendary actors, much less Sir Ian McKellen. But since he went ahead and did just that -- using "fruity" as a pejorative, even -- I am greatly enjoying McKellen's response, which was exactly as classy and eloquent as you'd imagine it would be.