Sci Fi Wire has posted an article about the smoking issue. Nothing much new here, but head on over and check it out.
“Inhabitants of Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s upcoming Lord of the Rings film trilogy won’t give up their love of tobacco, according to a report in the New Zealand Evening Post newspaper. Despite misgivings by that country’s Asthma and Respiratory Foundation, among others, filmmakers will remain true to Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien’s depiction of characters with a fondness for pipe smoking.
Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf, said in a radio interview, “I was wondering whether because of political correctness–people’s worries of the dangers of smoking–that in a film a lot of children are likely to see we’d be asked to cut down the smoking, or not have it.”
McKellen added, “It is pipe smoking, which if you don’t inhale is safer than cigarettes. However, the hobbits, played as quite young people in our film, are all smoking away on their pipes.”