Q: I thoroughly enjoyed the BBC/Masterpiece Theater presentation of David Copperfield. I must especially compliment you on your performance as the cruel but strangely sympathetic schoolmaster. I do have one Dickens related question: have you ever considered bringing The Old Curiosity Shop to screen?
A: A few years ago I was offered a television film of The Old Curiosity Shop and turned it down the role of “Grandfather” partly because I felt I was too often cast as older than I really am. Yet here I am filming Gandalf, whose real age is a few thousand years old!
Q: I am an Italian non professional actor and I appreciate very much your work. I would like to have the opportunity to see you in a live performance and I have heard that you are coming to Italy in Autumn. Is it true?
A: I am filming Lord of the Rings until Christmas, so shall not be in Italy this year. The last time I acted there was as Hamlet in Rome (1971).