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Ian McKellen Gets His Blog On, Talks Hobbit

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For SUCH a long time, we were anxiously awaiting confirmation on Ian McKellen's involvement in The Hobbit films.

Now, Ian is confirmed to return as Gandalf, and he's decided to take to his blog to tell us why it took so long for him to get officially attached to the project.

Here's what he had to say blog about it:

All I had to decide was what to do with the time that is given me.

I’m 71 and fit: though at my age who knows what accident is ’round the next corner? For a year or more, I have been arranging my professional commitments around the possibility of The Hobbit films starting at almost anytime. We brought the Waiting for Godot tour of Australia to New Zealand early 2010, assuming I would stay on to start shooting soon after. Then there was yet another delay: but in Wellington I met with Guillermo del Toro and later read his script for Part One, written with the LOTR writing team. It was true to the style, the fun and the romance of the trilogy.

When Peter Jackson, already producing, resumed the director’s chair, he kept me in touch with developments. A second screenplay was sent over, on the understanding that I would not talk about what I read in it.

After the ruckus over trade union expectations and unlikely rumours of filming outside New Zealand, suddenly crucial casting was announced, plus a start date in February 2011. Martin Freeman as Bilbo sounds perfect. As my agent continued to negotiate with Warner Brothers, I kept wondering was Gandalf what I most wanted to do, more than a new play for instance or indeed a new part? Sequels aren’t necessarily as rewarding to act in as their originals.

Could I let Gandalf go? Would anyone else care if I did? Elsewhere, does anyone care that Michael Gambon was not the first to play Dumbledore?

The deciding negotiation was not about money but about dates. Gandalf is needed on set over the next 18 months but with sizeable breaks when I can work on other projects. My worry that I could not easily escape from Middle Earth was lifted.

I am happy to say I start filming in Wellington on February 21 2011.

–Ian McKellen, London, January 2011

Your energy and passion for your craft at 71-years-old is an inspiration, Ian.

We're very happy to have U back!

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8 comments to “Ian McKellen Gets His Blog On, Talks Hobbit



  1. 1

    Gambon's Dumbledore was horrible. He played the character opposite of how he was in the books in almost every way.



  2. 2

    Why is Ian McKellen playing Fred Sanford?



  3. 3

    That's "Sir Ian" to you, Perez. Learn to address those who have been knighted and decorated appropriately or continue to appear as a witless, uncultured, ignorant buffoon.



  4. 4

    McKellen's Gandalf was one of the most powerful film performances in the last 10 years. Particularly the 1st film as 'the Grey'.



  5. 5

    I'm SO excited!

    It wouldn't have been the same without Ian!



  6. 6

    Bravo Ian McKellan!
    Gandalf would NOT be the same without you!
    I can't wait!

  7. SueT says – reply to this


    7

    Ian, It wouldn't be the same without you. Yes I would care.



  8. 8

    Ian and Gambon look that damn same to me in that movie, so I don't care really.