After expanding The Hobbit from two films to a full trilogy, you'd think there wouldn't be much left for Peter Jackson to cut out for extended versions. Turns out he still shot too much, and a scene left on the cutting room floor was among Sir Ian McKellen's (Gandalf) favorites from the first installment. So what was it?
Though director Peter Jackson took his time ramping up the action in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we still didn't get much insight into why Gandalf is right in the middle of this Dwarf mission. Turns out, those scenes were there to start with—but got bumped in the editing room.
When it comes to sci-fi and fantasy films, the legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen doesn't own just one career-defining role—he's notched two in the past decade. So who does he think would win if X-Men's Magneto and Lord of the Rings' Gandalf faced off?
The Hobbit is so close to coming out that, basically, every day is a new opportunity for Peter Jackson and co. to give us another taste of what's in store. This time, we get a voiceover from Gandalf, some dwarf shenanigans, and Bilbo facing off against none other than Gollum himself.
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 a FX scene for The Hobbit that he broke down in tears.
We've known for years that Sean Connery was offered the role of Gandalf in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, but turned the role down because he didn't understand the story. What we didn't know until now was that Connery could have earned big, big money for the role, money that puts the earnings of many stars half his age to shame.