Arch Nemesis writes: Sir Ian talks a bit about The Hobbit in this clip from TVNewZealand. He expects an announcement imminently, but states if it doesn't happen soon - he may not do the film as he has other things planned.
From TVNewZealand: Sarah caught up with veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen when he was in New Zealand starring as Estragon in Waiting for Gordot.
McKellen looks fantastic for his age. With the exception of the whitened hair, his face looks near identical to what it did a decade ago. And he has such energy and vigor. You've got to admire that.
The same with GDT, I harbor no hard feelings for McKellen if he has to depart the project - as detrimental as that would certainly be. His portrayal of Gandalf the Grey was easily my favorite aspect of the trilogy as a whole. But a talent like that can't just sit idle for an extended period of time. He's done plenty of waiting, and he's not even officially signed onto the project.
I wish Godot were coming to a theatre near me. Sure would love to see it.
Don't know if Ian would REALLY turn down the chance to play Gandalf again...
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I think he's probably just getting frustrated, as is everyone else. I mean, he's not attached to any other films for which he'd have to clear a significant portion of his schedule, so it'd just be a matter of arranging a break from his on-stage work.
In any case, they can't make The Hobbit without Sir Ian. In my, and probably most people's minds, Ian McKellan IS Gandalf, and Gandalf means him! Samuel L. Jackson for Bilbo, Woody Allen for Thorin, Lewis Black for Bard and Gilbert Gottfried for Smaug!
Well, in some strange way, I'm glad it's come to this...
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I mean, I've begun to believe if it's meant to happen it will, if not, it won't. And I'd personally like to know for sure once and for all rather than sit around setting up an expectation for something that's not going to happen.
If Sir Ian does really walk away from Gandalf, I'd rather they reboot the franchise, as in, cast all entirely new actors and probably do it with a new director instead of have this weird pseudo LOTR-like film with some overlapping actors and a director trying to make it look like LOTR, and yet try and be different. But in all honestly, rebooting the franchise is not something I see happening anytime soon, and I don't want to see it happen anyway.
It's a sad situation, to say the least, and I hope what I said above does not come to pass. But it has come to the point nonetheless. And I do believe (as do many others now) that the next few weeks will either make or break The Hobbit
It sounds as if they've reached some sort of crisis point. For however long it takes, I shall just cross fingers and keep hoping. And who knows - hearing everyone's ideal Gandalf set a limit on his commitment might just pile enough extra pressure onto MGM to make the breakthrough...
producer,actors,crew, all who really want the hobbit movies to be made,are pushing for a solution from mgm so that they can move forward with the project otherwise they will let it rest in peace...Either way,this conflict should end soon.Let's hope for the best.
what to do with the time that is given him.....
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oh god......not this....Ian is Gandalf.....but what does he do, what do they all do, with this situation?? I am pained, though just a fan....but he must decide, as everyone must.....I wish we could raise an army of the Dead and march on MGM and Warner and sort this whole thing out tonight.....what say you?????
It's almost like having carrion fowl circling a field of battle eagerly waiting to pick on the pieces of the soon-to-be hapless.
However, I'm ignoring these posts in the interest of supporting TORn's "everyone here has a right to express their views" attitude.
So lighten up BoB (fyi, this coming from someone who needs lightening up himself). I like surrounding myself with people who have a generally positive attitude (I don't mind the occasional faltering now and then... it is only human nature), and I see you as one of these people here on TORn, especially because you've "been there" (if you get my meaning ) and because you're still keeping up the faith.
Cheers! Know there's goodness out there even if you don't see it
One has the right to express their opinion no matter how unpopular it is in the context. But it is a bit like visiting a seriously ill person hospital and wishing out loud that the patient would die just to get a rise out of the others gathered there. Kangi Ska
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