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!
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
Trust him... The Hobbit is coming!
"Barney Snow was here." ~Hug like a hobbit!~ "In my heaven..."