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That time Ian McKellen turned down $1.5 million to officiate a wedding as Gandalf
Aug 22, 2016

Apparently there are some things Ian McKellen won't do, not even for stupid amounts of money.

McKellen's favorite Hobbit scene didn't even make it in the movie
Jul 4, 2015

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?

Ian McKellen meeting puppet Gandalf is exactly as amazing as you think it is
Dec 11, 2013

Sesame Street teaches the invaluable lesson -- How to pass someone politely.

Watch a guy dressed like Gandalf try to stop people from passing him
Oct 17, 2013

Remember that time Gandalf stood valiantly against the Balrog at the Bridge of Khazad-dûm? This is nothing like that.

Watch LOTR-watching woman freak when she discovers Gandalf isn't really dead
Jul 25, 2013

The rare person who doesn't know Gandalf comes back from the dead is discovered in the wild. Let's see what she does ...

Hobbit writer reveals why Gandalf's motives cut from 1st film
Jan 14, 2013

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.

Who'd win a Magneto vs. Gandalf fight? McKellen breaks it down
Jan 14, 2013

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?

See Bilbo face off against Gollum in the latest Hobbit TV spot
Jan 14, 2013

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.

Ian McKellen so frustrated with The Hobbit FX it made him cry
Jan 14, 2013

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.

Sean Connery would have earned HOW MUCH if he'd played Gandalf?
Jan 14, 2013

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.