Peter Jackson's revealed admission of "winging it" during the difficult production of The Hobbit may have validated bad opinions toward those films. However, we make the argument that there was something deeper at fault.
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?
At 73, Sir Ian McKellen is still an acting powerhouse. He's one of the most respected Thespians of his generation, and he's done everything from Shakespeare to mega-blockbusters like X-Men and, most recently, The Hobbit. But despite all his energy, the actor says he's battled prostate cancer for years.
It's hard to believe that The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey will hit theatres in less than two months—and it's also hard to believe that almost 10 years have passed since we saw The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in theaters. But what's really amazing is that Elijah Wood, who played our brave Hobbit, Frodo Baggins, has barely changed at all.
Aside from the stunning visuals, Howard Shore's gorgeous soundtrack to Lord of the Rings was one of the greatest parts of Peter Jackson's trilogy. The legendary composer has thankfully returned for The Hobbit prequels, and now the first full track has leaked online. Want to hear?