While filming The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings: Gandalf actor “came down crying.”
Sir Ian McKellen of THE LORD OF THE RINGS was moved to tears during filming scenes for Peter Jackson’s prequel films based on JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
The Lord of the Rings would not have been the same without McKellen’s portrayal of Gandalf. The British actor delivered some fantastic lines and put on a show that will be remembered for a long time. As a result, it was a no-brainer for filmmaker Peter Jackson to bring the actor back to Middle-Earth for The Hobbit prequel trilogy. McKellen, on the other hand, had a different experience.
Green-screen scenes were used a lot more in The Hobbit than they were in The Lord of the Rings, which was largely shot on location in New Zealand.
To maintain the dramatic height disparity between the dwarves and the human and elven performers, the dwarfs had to be isolated from the human and elven actors.
McKellen was also secluded from his co-stars to maintain the illusion, which made him cry.
“We couldn’t be on the same set as the dwarfs and a huge Gandalf,” he explained at the time.
“I had 13 images of the dwarves on top of stands with little lights, and whoever was talking would flash up.” (Photo courtesy of Contact Music)
“Pretending you’re with 13 other people when you’re on your own tests your technical abilities to the extreme limits,” McKellen continued.
“Actually, I cried,” the devastated actor confessed. I sobbed.
“I then exclaimed aloud, ‘This is not why I became an actress.'”
McKellen went on to say that because his microphone was on at the moment, the entire studio, including Jackson, could hear him sob.
He admitted to being “miserable” during the filming of the three prequel films in another interview.
“It may be my imagination, but I don’t recall a green screen on The Lord of the Rings,” he continued.
“I’d be on the mountain with Gandalf if he was on top of a mountain. While we were making the film, the technology was being developed. I was out performing on a mountain at the time, so I wasn’t involved in any of that.” (Courtesy of Time Out)
“I don’t remember the terrible days, but I don’t think there were any,” McKellen said. I believe I relished every second of producing those films.”
McKellen does not appear to be reprising his part in the upcoming Amazon Prime Video film. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”