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(JoBlo)   Ian McKellan's final image as Gandalf   (joblo.com) divider line 78
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2013-06-29 02:59:51 AM  
I'm glad he didn't die before filming finished.
 
2013-06-29 03:05:25 AM  

that bosnian sniper: I have to say that Ian McKellen as Gandalf was the best single cast in LotR, he's done nothing short of a phenomenal job of the role. He brought the character to life in a way I can't imagine anyone else having done. That said, I still think Martin Freeman as Bilbo is even better.


In a decade, Freeman has managed to play John Watson, Arthur Dent, and Bilbo Baggins. What's left?
 
2013-06-29 03:07:32 AM  
I'm grateful that the movies were made in my lifetime.  Even more so that they used the same guy as Gandalf, who was the best possible choice.  When the last of the hobbit comes out on blu-ray, I will watch them in the order they were intended.   Maybe by then I will have a bigger tv and a better sound system.
 
2013-06-29 03:38:37 AM  

Gilligann: I'm glad he didn't die before filming finished.


I dunno... I think Michael Gambon needs the work...
 
2013-06-29 04:05:03 AM  

RevMercutio: that bosnian sniper: I have to say that Ian McKellen as Gandalf was the best single cast in LotR, he's done nothing short of a phenomenal job of the role. He brought the character to life in a way I can't imagine anyone else having done. That said, I still think Martin Freeman as Bilbo is even better.

In a decade, Freeman has managed to play John Watson, Arthur Dent, and Bilbo Baggins. What's left?


Valentine Michael Smith
 
2013-06-29 04:29:30 AM  

Atillathepun: RevMercutio: that bosnian sniper: I have to say that Ian McKellen as Gandalf was the best single cast in LotR, he's done nothing short of a phenomenal job of the role. He brought the character to life in a way I can't imagine anyone else having done. That said, I still think Martin Freeman as Bilbo is even better.

In a decade, Freeman has managed to play John Watson, Arthur Dent, and Bilbo Baggins. What's left?

Valentine Michael Smith


Elijah Baley
 
2013-06-29 04:35:34 AM  

LonMead: Atillathepun: RevMercutio: that bosnian sniper: I have to say that Ian McKellen as Gandalf was the best single cast in LotR, he's done nothing short of a phenomenal job of the role. He brought the character to life in a way I can't imagine anyone else having done. That said, I still think Martin Freeman as Bilbo is even better.

In a decade, Freeman has managed to play John Watson, Arthur Dent, and Bilbo Baggins. What's left?

Valentine Michael Smith

Elijah Baley


Stile of Proton?  Eh, perhaps not..
 
2013-06-29 04:54:45 AM  
Snapper Carr: Sir Ian is one of 5 actors from the LOTR films that I see in my head when I read the books. I can't think of a better compliment to give an actor.

For shiats and giggles - heere are the 5

...
Serkis - "head" Gollum
...

I still hear this guy
www.behindthevoiceactors.com
Not saying Serkis did a bad job (he was great), just someone got there first.
 
2013-06-29 07:21:02 AM  
What ever happened to the "Christmas 2013, summer 2014 thing?  That's what they said when they decided to break one book into 3 movies.  C*cks*ckers!  I am not going to live forever.  Do they even give consideration for those of us getting long in the tooth?
 
2013-06-29 07:23:23 AM  
And oh yeah, so 2 1/2 years from now we get to see the end, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ALREADY DONE FILMING?
 
2013-06-29 07:24:30 AM  
Correction...1 1/2 years from now
 
2013-06-29 07:39:48 AM  
The last image of Gandalf is when he hopped on the boat at the end of Return of the King.  Because Hobbit did not happen.
 
2013-06-29 07:55:25 AM  
 
2013-06-29 09:29:20 AM  

Lost_in_Korea: What ever happened to the "Christmas 2013, summer 2014 thing?  That's what they said when they decided to break one book into 3 movies.  C*cks*ckers!  I am not going to live forever.  Do they even give consideration for those of us getting long in the tooth?


LOL... yea!
 
2013-06-29 10:38:08 AM  
This is a repeat from 2002.
 
2013-06-29 11:49:31 AM  

LL316: The last image of Gandalf is when he hopped on the boat at the end of Return of the King.  Because Hobbit did not happen.


I wish that that were true.  The additional years since the trilogy have left Ian MacKellen looking very frail.  When watching The Hobbit part 1, the scenes with Gandalf were just sad, with him having a hard time walking.

Maybe I'm imagining things... >.<
 
2013-06-29 12:04:16 PM  
Looks kinda gay.
 
2013-06-29 12:51:09 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: that bosnian sniper: I have to say that Ian McKellen as Gandalf was the best single cast in LotR, he's done nothing short of a phenomenal job of the role. He brought the character to life in a way I can't imagine anyone else having done. That said, I still think Martin Freeman as Bilbo is even better.

I rather liked Rhys-Davies as Gimli.

Then again John Rhys-Davies was basically playing himself.


John Rhys-Davies is the swarthier, slightly younger Welsh Brian Blessed. And unlike Blessed, he's actually fairly large IRL. Blessed's gigantic lung power makes you think he's 6' 3" instead of 5' 9".

Rhys-Davies, whom I've met briefly, is about six-one, taller than Viggo, Orlando and Ian in LotR. Such is movie magic.
 
2013-06-29 12:54:50 PM  

Myria: When watching The Hobbit part 1, the scenes with Gandalf were just sad, with him having a hard time walking.


Maybe I'm imagining things... >.<

What he was doing was using his acting skills to portray the wizard for the duration of the film. This is what he did: he imagined what it would be like to be a wizard, and then he pretended and acted in that way on the day. If we were to draw a graph of his process, of his method, it would be something like this: "Sir Ian, Sir Ian, Sir Ian. Action. WIZARD! YOU SHALL NOT PASS! Cut! Sir Ian, Sir Ian, Sir Ian."

No, but seriously, I think he looks pretty spry for 74, what I've seen of him when he's not acting.
 
2013-06-29 01:05:13 PM  
PJ needs to invest in a comb
never seen him without bed head
 
2013-06-29 03:35:50 PM  

gingerjet: PacManDreaming: I just wish Peter Jackass had read the one Hobbit book.

The Hobbit was a children's story.  And not even a very good one.  I'm glad they are incorporating Tolkien's  other material in the making of the movies.


www.myfacewhen.net
 
2013-06-29 04:20:38 PM  

gingerjet: The Hobbit was a children's story. And not even a very good one.


Strolpol: t's a KID'S STORY, man. The original book was a kid's story


Know how I know you two have never read The Hobbit? The annotated hardcover is good. Try it sometime.
 
2013-06-29 06:08:19 PM  

Wayne 985: Weird to think Sean Connery was initially offered the role of Gandalf. I love Connery, but I'm so glad McKellen got the part instead. He's nothing short of sublime.

Same applies for his role as Magneto. Another actor was offered the part first, but had to turn it down due to a scheduling conflict. We nearly didn't have him in these movies.


Connery would have been awful.

"I'm Gandalf the wishzeird, and Gandalf meanshz me."
"You shall not pash! YOU... SHALL NOT PASH!"
"Pity? It wazsh pity that shtayed hishz hand."
 
2013-06-29 06:29:43 PM  

PacManDreaming: Know how I know you two have never read The Hobbit? The annotated hardcover is good. Try it sometime.


No, it was definitely a children's story. It was written in the halcyon days before helicopter parenting, when it was accepted that kids could think for themselves, be subjected to darker material without growing up to be a mass murderer or Congressperson, and expected to be functionally literate. Also, parents would actually talk to their children, get to know them, and make informed decisions about media best-suited for their child's development as an individual..
 
2013-06-29 07:43:23 PM  

PacManDreaming: gingerjet: The Hobbit was a children's story. And not even a very good one.

Strolpol: t's a KID'S STORY, man. The original book was a kid's story

Know how I know you two have never read The Hobbit? The annotated hardcover is good. Try it sometime.


You cannot be seriously advancing the idea that the Hobbit was anything other than a story Tolkien devised for kids.

Grimm's fairy tales were for kids and a darn sight more dark in their original incarnations than anything the Hobbit had.

Simply put, stories used to be way more awesome.
 
2013-06-29 08:27:05 PM  

Strolpol: You cannot be seriously advancing the idea that the Hobbit was anything other than a story Tolkien devised for kids.


I've found(anecdote, here) that most people who trot out the "it's a kids story" typically haven't read it and are just regurgitating what someone else, who hasn't read the book, said. It's actually pretty good and written so that adults could enjoy it, too. I mean, I know it wasn't written for adults, but it isn't some kiddified, smarmy Disney-esque tripe, either.

And, on a different note, this scene from the cartoon scared the crap out of me when it first came out(I was six at the time). It's also way more true to the book than the Peter Jackson movie.
 
2013-06-29 08:38:57 PM  

ZeroCorpse: Wayne 985: Weird to think Sean Connery was initially offered the role of Gandalf. I love Connery, but I'm so glad McKellen got the part instead. He's nothing short of sublime.

Same applies for his role as Magneto. Another actor was offered the part first, but had to turn it down due to a scheduling conflict. We nearly didn't have him in these movies.

Connery would have been awful.

"I'm Gandalf the wishzeird, and Gandalf meanshz me."
"You shall not pash! YOU... SHALL NOT PASH!"
"Pity? It wazsh pity that shtayed hishz hand."


actual lol
 
2013-06-29 11:17:58 PM  

PacManDreaming: I've found(anecdote, here) that most people who trot out the "it's a kids story" typically haven't read it


That applies to almost everything.

There's several basic stories that, together, are every work of fiction ever created by humans. For example with the Hobbit, it's the Hero's Journey. So is almost every other story. When it's done well, it doesn't matter if it's for kids or not, because it's the same story we've been telling ourselves for 1000s of years and we're not gettin' tired of it any time soon.

Another great example of this are shows like Animaniacs. It was made specifically for children in the early to mid 90's, a very period piece. However, the creators did their best and wound up making a pretty solid show. Now it's back on the air, and almost 20 years later it's still holding up with kids and adults from all places.

Or stories like the classic Grimm fairy tales. They were created for adults and wound up becoming very popular with children as well. When was the last time you saw an indoor fireplace that needed seeping? Cinderella was the girl's job description, not name. We haven't had that job for generations, but Cinderella's still popular. 100 years from now, Cinderella will still be popular.

Thus the "It's For Kids" line is foolish. Stories are stories. If they're good, they're good. If they're not too raunchy, you can share them with children. That doesn't mean the stories are specifically for children, it just means mom and dad won't have to answer questions like "What's a Tijuana donkey show?"
 
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