Ian McKellen’s website has been updated. He has taken the time to answer questions that were sent in by people who visited his site. I have included several of his answers that I thought were informative. For more information check out the link below to his website.
Q: Gandalf the Gray is a much more down to earth being, while Gandalf the White shows the Wizard exhibiting much more power and strength. Are you going to show this distinction dramatically or do you think you will make it more subtle?
A: There will be changes to costume and general appearance and awareness that Gandalf the White is younger-looking than his earlier incarnation. Otherwise we shall both have to wait and see. With 10 months filming ahead, I am absorbed still with Gandalf the Grey.
Q: Are there any scenes from the books that you are specifically looking forward to flexing your acting abilities in?
A: I was most looking forward to Gandalf’s arrival in Hobbiton for the long-expected party — food, fireworks and a pipeful of Longbottom Leaf. A wonderful chance to show Gandalf’s crucial fascination with the Hobbit world. Otherwise the face-off with the Balrog should be exciting, although I expect it will involve camera trickery more than physicality from me.