Gay veteran actor of stage and screen Ian McKellen has spoken about filming The Hobbit in an interview with video game website IGN.
McKellen said he felt he had to agree to the part in The Hobbit trilogy.
‘I’d enjoyed it [Lord of the Rings] so much and I couldn’t have anyone else playing Gandalf,’ he said.
The actor added that even though more people worked on the prequels than on Lord of the Rings, ‘everyone knows everyone’ on the set of The Hobbit so it feels ‘like a home movie’.
McKellen also spoke about the pleasure of work with the dwarf actors. ‘Half of them are Kiwis, New Zealanders, earning a living as actors,’ he said. ‘And they really ground the thing. You meet their kids at weekends.’
The star of three X-men movies was also asked about what he thought of Michael Fassbender’s performance as McKellen’s role of Magneto in the latest installment. ‘Please, excellent,’ he said. ‘Excellent Michael. Very good.’
The first film in The Hobbit trilogy is schedule to be released worldwide in December 2012.
Watch the interview on IGN here: