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"Gandalf is back!"

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Jul 2 2007, 11:24pm

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"Gandalf is back!" Can't Post

A nice (with one caveat) interview with Sir Ian McKellen, mainly about his role as Lear, can be found here.

The caveat is an (IMO) inappropriate remark about North Americans on the first page. It's made by the writer, not by Sir Ian.

The quote in my title is from the last page of the article. For those who don't want to plough through the whole thing, here are a few excerpts:

'...underlining the love of this country that he repeated whenever he was interviewed about The Lord of the Rings. ("I told them when I took the part, and this is no b*******: 'If we are not going to New Zealand, I'm not playing King Lear'.")


'I had hoped to get through a conversation with McKellen without raising the matter of that trilogy.... born of the sense that he may be sick of The Lord of the Rings.

'But the actor... shoots that down.

'"Tell them down there," he bellows, "that Gandalf is back and I can't wait. Peter Jackson's going to give us a party and it will be wonderful to see old friends and make some new ones."'

We have tickets to see McKellen's Lear next month!

Promises to Keep: a novel set in 19th Century New Zealand.

The Passing of Mistress Rose

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L. Ron Halfelven

Jul 3 2007, 12:10am

Post #2 of 8 (369 views)
We've all got our jingoes to contend with./ [In reply to] Can't Post


And there were murmured hints of creatures more terrible than all these, but they had no name.


Jul 3 2007, 1:18am

Post #3 of 8 (354 views)
Maybe while in town Peter and Ian will secretly film some Hobbit scenes. Well, the ones with only Gandlf in them. ;-) *crosses fingers* // [In reply to] Can't Post


When the seas and mountains fall and we come to end of days, in the dark I hear your call calling me there, i will go there and back again.

(This post was edited by YodatheHobbit on Jul 3 2007, 1:24am)

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Jul 3 2007, 7:03am

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Thanks, Kimi! [In reply to] Can't Post

I missed that during my online-newspaper reading at work today. Smile I am very much looking forward to this - I'm so glad he persuaded the RSC to come to NZ!

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Jul 3 2007, 10:25am

Post #5 of 8 (366 views)
*tearing* I miss him... [In reply to] Can't Post

and all the boys (and ladies). I was just thinking last night that I miss the frenzied hunt for interviews, television appearances, sightings of the hobbits along with an elf and occasional man hanging out in NY, LA, or NZ. I miss Gandalf's voice.

I think he's trying to drop us a clue that things are shaking and baking in NZ, and that we'd better gird ourselves for some more magic!! *twitch* It is time.

Thank you for this. I needed a fix, no matter how small. Crumbs on the floor... but still tasty :D

sample sample
Trust him... The Hobbit is coming!

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Jul 3 2007, 5:02pm

Post #6 of 8 (352 views)
Sir Ian is such a classy guy... [In reply to] Can't Post

just about every time he opens his mouth he proves it.

Thanks for this, Kimi.

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Jul 3 2007, 5:29pm

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Anyone received an invite yet? // [In reply to] Can't Post

Great Expectations!! I have them bad!!!

I agree gramma, 'every little crumb' - so sincerely said.

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"Your friends are with you Peter"

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Jul 6 2007, 1:03am

Post #8 of 8 (333 views)
I want more too and good interview :) N/T [In reply to] Can't Post



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