Though he might be best known to the general public as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, the great actor Ian McKellen is a classically trained thespian—and not a huge fan of working on CGI-heavy sci-fi and fantasy films. Turns out he got so upset filming an FX scene for The Hobbit that he broke down in tears.
We'd already heard that McKellen had some strong reservations about even returning for Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy because he was bored with the character, but signed on anyway.
Now he's told Contact Music that one particular CGI scene made him kinda regret the decision. And thanks to a well-placed microphone at the time, the whole studio knew it:
"In order to shoot the dwarves and a large Gandalf, we couldn't be in the same set. All I had for company was 13 photographs of the dwarves on top of stands with little lights - whoever's talking flashes up. Pretending you're with 13 other people when you're on your own, it stretches your technical ability to the absolute limits.It's sad to hear that McKellen is having such a tough time, but we absolutely love his take on the famed wizard. Here's hoping he can find some satisfaction in the role as the new trilogy rolls on.
I cried, actually. I cried. Then I said out loud, 'This is not why I became an actor'. Unfortunately the microphone was on and the whole studio heard."
(Via Contact Music)