E-Post – Ian McKellen Conjures Up A Few Bits And Bobs About Gandalf

by Jul 31, 2000Lord of the Rings (Movies)

Ian McKellen answers more fan questions on his official website, referencing The Lord of the Rings in a couple of his responses:

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).

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