Sir Ian McKellenand Sir Patrick Stewart may be two of Britain's most renowned thespians, but that hasn't stopped them from being dazzled by pop starTaylor Swift. After the duo took to NPR this week with dramatic takes on the singer's top singles, they're looking to join her ever-growing posse of pals.
“So @IanMcKellen recited Bad Blood and I did Blank Space on @NPRAskMeAnother. May we join the squad, @taylorswift13?”
Sounding like a poet at an intimate reading, Ian performed Taylor’s hit Bad Blood: “Cause, baby, now we got bad blood. You know it used to be mad love. So take a look what you've done. 'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood.” He went on to recite the lyrics of Bruno Mars’ "Uptown Funk," with both songs set to lulling background music.
Not to be outdone by his close friend, Sir Patrick got in on the action the next day. Sounding more like an actor on the stage in London’s West End than an American pop star, he recited the lyrics to "Blank Space" on NPR’s Ask Me Another, scheduled to air in August.
“Screaming, crying, perfect storms, I can make all the tables turn. Rose garden filled with thorns, keep you second guessing like "Oh my God, who is she?" I get drunk on jealousy.”
Though the two renditions are seemingly unrecognizable from Taylor’s versions, it’s no exaggeration to say that the influential pop star loved their efforts.
“Thanks for reciting my lyrics, @IanMcKellen and @SirPatStew! You've made my day. You two are ULTIMATE Squad Goals,” she tweeted, posting two photo collages of the British knights.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) julio 16, 2015
Though Ian and Patrick may be a bit older than Swift’s regular crowd, Ian proved at this year’s Pride parade that he can party with the best of them. As the grand marshal, he waved the rainbow flag and danced to the music as the parade proceeded along the streets of New York.