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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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The Actor Who Played YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES Appears In Movie About Old Sherlock Holmes!!

Aug 21 2014 12:23pm CDT | Source: aintitcool

Bill Condon's interesting adaptation should arrive on screens in 2015. Read the full article on AICN We’ve previously mentioned MR. HOLMES, an upcoming film in which Ian McKellen appears as an older Sherlock Holmes for helmer Bill Condon (GODS & MONSTERS, DREAMGIRLS, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PARTS 1 & 2).   Now comes word that Nicholas Rowe, who played Holmes in the Spielberg produced, ...
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Young Sherlock Star Joins "Mr. Holmes"

Aug 21 2014 11:36am CDT | Source: dark horizons

One film that was beloved by some children of the 1970s and 1980s was "Young Sherlock Holmes," Barry Levinson's 1985 feature starring 19-year-old Scottish actor Nicholas Rowe as the Baker Street Detective. In that film, the character first meets John Watson at a boarding school and together they solve a mystery. Almost three decades later, filmmaker Bill Condon is at work on "Mr. Holmes ...
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Exclusive: Nicholas Rowe To Cameo In Mr Holmes

Aug 21 2014 11:12am CDT | Source: Empire Online

Young Sherlock will appear 'alongside' Ian McKellen's Old SherlockWhen die-hard Sherlockians - or Holmesians, depending on your taste - hear the name "Nicholas Rowe", they're bound to think of the Scottish actor's turn as the young Sherlock Holmes in Young Sherlock Holmes, the 1985 movie directed by Barry Levinson and written by Christopher Columbus. Most thought his days as ...
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Exclusive: Nicholas Rowe To Cameo In Mr. Holmes

Aug 21 2014 10:56am CDT | Source: Empire Online

Young Sherlock will appear 'alongside' Ian McKellen's Old SherlockWhen die-hard Sherlockians - or Holmesians, depending on your taste - hear the name "Nicholas Rowe", they're bound to think of the Scottish actor's turn as the young Sherlock Holmes in Young Sherlock Holmes, the 1985 movie directed by Barry Levinson and written by Christopher Columbus. Most thought his days as Holmes ended then when he was 19, but thanks to an ingenious c ...
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SR Geek Picks: Best Product Placements in Movies, Inked Disney Princesses & More

Aug 11 2014 12:08pm CDT | Source: Screen Rant

Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find The NeverEnding Story in the style of The Hobbit: The Battle of the 5 Armies; teens reacting to Saved By The Bell; Ian McKellen helps a South African Director propose to his boyfriend; and see some inked Disney Princesses. All that and more on this edition of SR’s Geek Picks! If you have any Geek Picks of your own, ...
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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 i ...
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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, ...
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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 A ...
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