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Sir Ian McKellen: Gandalf the White was 'boring'

Sir Ian McKellen: Gandalf the White was 'boring'

Dec 12 2012, 4:20am CST | by

Sir Ian McKellen thought Gandalf the White was the most ''boring'' character ever. The award-winning actor says it was ''wonderful'' to return to playing the more mischievous Gandalf the Grey from...

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Sir Ian McKellen: Gandalf the White was 'boring'

Dec 12 2012, 4:20am CST | by

Sir Ian McKellen thought Gandalf the White was the most ''boring'' character ever.

The award-winning actor says it was ''wonderful'' to return to playing the more mischievous Gandalf the Grey from the first 'Lord of the Rings' instalment in prequel 'The Hobbit' - who is resurrected as Gandalf the White in 'The Two Towers' - because being a serious wizard was dull.

Speaking at 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' press conference at London's Claridge's hotel, Ian told BANG Showbiz: ''He comes back as the most boring man in the whole world, the most boring wizard that's ever been created. He's a driven man, the beard's been cut, he's dyed his hair white, he seems to have stopped having any sort of fun.

''Of course, he's got to save Middle Earth so at least he's on a mission. So it was wonderful to come back to the Gandalf that people think about. He doesn't even wear a pointy hat, Gandalf the White!''

The 73-year-old star explained that while the atmosphere was as friendly as ever, the fantasy flick's filming location in Wellington Stone Street Studios, New Zealand, was a big improvement on the 'LOTR' films' makeshift sets.

Ian mused: ''We all seemed to be old friends, Peter and his team. In front of the camera, yes, there were new people, but the whole town of the film was exactly how it was before, it was like a very expensive home movie.

''The big improvements were the actual buildings. Most of the interiors in the 'LOTR' were all filmed in an old paint factory and it wasn't soundproofed because it was next to a national airport and you had to do the takes two times because there were planes going over. Every single word of 'LOTR' as far as I was concerned was added later.

''As for lunch, it was much better! Not in a flapping tent that was threatening to blow over in windy Wellington, but in an actual building, and the best food I've ever had on any job. That's a good reason to go to New Zealand!''

 
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New THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Images: Luke Evans Prepares for War

Jul 29 2014 10:44am CDT | Source: Collider

Fresh off yesterday’s teaser trailer debut, Warner Bros. has released a few new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies images for director Peter Jackson’s final installment in his J.R.R. Tolkein saga.  This third Hobbit film will obviously cover the concluding events of the book, but will also likely cover much more ground from Tolkein’s appendices, as we glimpsed some truly epic footage of Lee Pace’s Thranduil doing battle and Ian McKellen’s Gandalf in a rather precious position in yesterda ...
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Must Watch: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' First Trailer

Jul 28 2014 2:01pm CDT | Source: First Showing

"Will you follow me... one last time?" The beginning of the end. Warner Bros has debuted the first teaser trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the grand finale in his Middle Earth series, and it looks to be a very nostalgic and exciting ending. Martin Freeman returns as Bilbo, Luke Evans as Bard, Richard Armitage as Thorin, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, and everyone else they have in the illustrious cast. As this is the first tea ...
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New The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Still

Jul 23 2014 3:25am CDT | Source: Empire Online

Look to the skies! The rechristened The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is the final in the (unexpected) Hobbit trilogy, and the most eagerly anticipated, what with the battles, and the dragons, and the necromancers, and - with any luck - aerial dogfights, as director Peter Jackson has hinted at before. Now, helping to stoke the flames of excitement, here's a new still from the film featuring Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Bard The Bowman (Luke Evans).{New Battle Of The Five Armies Still ...
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First image from The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies released

Jul 22 2014 8:27am CDT | Source: Total Film

The first image from The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies has been released and it features Sir Ian McKellen and Luke Evans looking at something. BUT WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING AT? IS IT A DRAGON? IS IT A MAN? IS IT A GIANT HOUSE? WHAT ABOUT A CAT? Whatever it is, it looks scary. Probably a cat then. Or a house. Or many cats. We haven't read the books, so it really could be anything.  Here's the image, and keep scrolling for a related video.   Watch Luk ...
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New THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES Image Featuring Ian McKellen and Luke Evans

Jul 17 2014 11:52am CDT | Source: Collider

Warner Bros. has released a new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies image ahead of the film's big presentation at Comic-Con next week.  In the conclusion to the trilogy, Smaug and an army of Orcs descend on the Lonely Mountain, and elves, men, and dwarves must unite to save Middle-earth.  Since Smaug and the orcs are all CGI, this image focuses on the flesh-and-blood characters of Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Bard (Luke Evans) ...
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Roger Allam & More Join Mr Holmes

Jul 11 2014 3:57am CDT | Source: Empire Online

The aged Sherlock story fills its castJust yesterday, the first image of Ian McKellen as the 93-year-old version of Sherlock Holmes from Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes arrived via the actor’s Twitter feed. While there also came word that Hiroyuki Sanada would be joining the cast, today Screen International reports that the ensemble will be further boosted by Roger Allam, Hattie Morahan, Phil Davies, Frances de la Tour, Milo Parker and Patrick Kennedy.While the majority of the new cast members’ r ...
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First Look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes

Jul 10 2014 8:42pm CDT | Source: ign

Straight from Sir Ian McKellen's Twitter account comes the first official image of the actor as the greatest detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes. McKellen stars as the sleuth in the upcoming film Mr. Holmes, directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Dreamgirls). First announced in September, the film was originally titled A Slight Trick of Mind after the 2006 novel by Mitch Cullen. Set in 1947, it follows Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous character at the age of 9 ...
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Roger Allam & More Join Mr. Holmes

Jul 10 2014 12:46pm CDT | Source: Empire Online

The aged Sherlock story fills its castJust yesterday, the first image of Ian McKellen as the 93-year-old version of Sherlock Holmes from Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes arrived via the actor’s Twitter feed. While there also came word that Hiroyuki Sanada would be joining the cast, today Screen International reports that the ensemble will be further boosted by Roger Allam, Hattie Morahan, Phil Davies, Frances de la Tour, Milo Parker and P ...
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Mr. Holmes: First Look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes!

Jul 10 2014 11:02am CDT | Source: movie fanatic

Ian McKellen took to his Twitter account and posted our first look at him as the legendary Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes. “Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s 93 years old and it’s my turn,” he stated with the below photo. McKellen, as he said, is set to play the iconic sleuth as an old man who is haunted by a 50-year-old case he could not solve. Mr. Holmes is based on the novel by Mitch Cullin, which takes place in 1947 and finds McKellen as Holmes living i ...
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