Sir Ian has them at his feet

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

IR Ian McKellen’s ‘‘favourite’’ part of film­ing The Hob­bit: An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney was be­ing sur­rounded by kneel­ing dwarves, ac­cord­ing to the film’s di­rec­tor, Sir Peter Jack­son.

Jack­son says the dwarves were made to look smaller by hav­ing McKellen stand on a box.

‘‘There’s also Ian’s favourite tech­nique, which was the dwarves on their knees,’’ he says.

McKellen, who plays Gan­dalf in The Hob­bit, says: ‘‘I adore all the dwarves, they know that. There is one spe­cial dwarf and he knows who he is, but enough of that.’’

The ac­tor, 73, says changes were re­quired to switch from play­ing Gan­dalf in The Lord Of The Rings tril­ogy to play­ing him again in The Hob­bit: An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney.

‘‘He comes back as the most bor­ing man or wizard that could have pos­si­bly been in­vented,’’ he says.

‘‘The beard is gone, he seems to have stopped hav­ing any fun and of course he has got to save Mid­dle Earth, so he’s got a mis­sion. He doesn’t even have a pointy hat.’’

Philippa Boyens, who co-wrote the script, says she thinks au­thor JRR Tolkien would have been pleased with the three-part adapted ver­sion of his novel.

‘‘Pro­fes­sor Tolkien said when he wrote this mythol­ogy he did hope it would have a life of its own,’’ she says.

‘‘I can’t imag­ine he would have huge is­sues with a lot of it. That wasn’t his job to turn it into a film; that was our job.’’

While The Hob­bit tril­ogy was filmed in 3D, Jack­son says there are no plans to cre­ate a 3D ver­sion of The Lord Of The Rings tril­ogy.

‘‘I’m so glad I don’t have to go back and shoot The Lord Of The Rings again,’’ he says.

Speak­ing about the fu­ture of cin­ema, Jack­son says tech­nol­ogy is a mixed bless­ing.

‘‘I really hate the idea that I am a di­rec­tor mak­ing a movie for an iPad. There is a de­gree of jeop­ardy for cin­ema now with all the ways peo­ple have to see movies now,’’ he says.

Martin Free­man, who stars as Bilbo Bag­gins in The Hob­bit, says he was ex­hausted af­ter film­ing the sec­ond se­ries of BBC’s Sher­lock in Lon­don and The Hob­bit in New Zealand last year. ‘‘I didn’t really get the chance to un­wind,’’ Free­man says. ‘‘I spent 2011 be­ing quite knack­ered. I han­dled it just by the glee of be­ing able to do it really. I felt very lucky to be do­ing two jobs I really adored.’’ Free­man says his hob­bit feet also pre­sented chal­lenges. ‘‘They were good for about a week. They were com­fort­able, then they were really un­com­fort­able,’’ he says.

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