McKellen OK With Rings Double - Cosmiverse
Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf in Peter Jackson's upcoming Lord of the Rings film trilogy, told Inquest magazine that he had no problem using a stunt double in the epic movies, according to a report on the Ananova Web site. "When I realized on Last Action Hero that even so fit a gent as Arnold Schwarzenegger has a double, I lost any worries about being thought weedy," McKellen told the magazine.
McKellen added, "Doubles have a double advantage: It means that two Gandalf scenes can be shot simultaneously, and so the schedule progresses." McKellen said that he found a scene with the demonic Balrog the most difficult to film. "Confronting the Balrog was hard because, whatever you eventually see in [the first Rings film] The Fellowship Of The Ring, all I saw aloft in the studio was a yellow tennis ball--Gandalf's eyeline for the monstrous, fiery creature."