LOTR Alumni, Gandalf and Gollum, Arrive in New Zealand

The intrepid Jack, over at the Noldor Blog--and who happens to be a Wellington LOTR tour guide, has had a chance occurence of meeting Andy Serkis (Gollum)... not to mention running into Sir Richard Taylor and getting word of Ian McKellen's arrival.  Here are the choice bits, but visit Jack's site to read the whole article:

I was out with a LOTR tour group last Saturday and we ended up sitting at the table next to Andy Serkis! He graced us with a quick talk but it looked like his minder was rushing him along to the next meeting. I basically had a chance to welcome him back to Wellington and wish him well for what sounds like a long shoot for him - he usually ends up doing three times the amount of work just to get his physical and digital personas to match up on screen...

One of my sources told me later that he met up with Sir Ian McKellen at a local theatre on Saturday night, so Gandalf is back in town as well...

After Saturday lunch, and during our Weta Cave visit I ran into Sir Richard Taylor as well, who promptly told me off for calling him "Sir Richard", hehe ("just Richard, thank you!"). He mentioned a few other people who'd been at the workshop in the last week, including Seth Green. He didn't mention why Seth was here - I got the feeling it was just a friendly visit rather than anything official. Still, Seth is always very conscious of his (lack of) height - perhaps he's faced it and is applying for a Hobbit role? ...

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