Sir Ian McKellen amazed by Gandalf's longevity

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 December 2014
Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen

'The Hobbit' star Sir Ian McKellen admits he's surprised to still be starring as Gandalf in 2014

Sir Ian McKellen is amazed he's still starring as Gandalf in 2014.

The award-winning actor first played the iconic role in the 'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' in 2001 and admits he never envisioned he'd be appearing as Gandalf 13 years later, in 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'.

Speaking at the London press conference of the Peter Jackson-directed film yesterday (02.12.14), Sir Ian reflected: "I said goodbye to Gandalf in 2000 when I left New Zealand [where the movie was filmed]. Well, here we are 2014, it goes on and on and on. And it has been the blessing of our professional lives, like all of the actors, we think we are so lucky.

"There's nothing about luck in the making of the films, of course, that's the planning, but the chance that we were selected."

Sir Ian, 75, also said he's delighted the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Hobbit' films, based on the books by J. R. R Tolieken, have been embraced by so many children.

He reflected: "Some of our fans weren't born in the last century when we started filming. Not born! Our work is part of their lives.

"To have been involved in films that are now classics is overwhelming."

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/New Zealand
  • 2h 24min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Written by: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (novel)
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Hugo Weaving, James Nesbitt, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood
  • UK release: 12 December 2014

Smaug's on the rampage, Thorin is consumed with greed and war breaks out. The final instalment of Jackson's Middle-earth adventures features moments of spirited action and some terrific performances, but like the other Hobbit films it pales in comparison to the episodes of the previous trilogy.

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