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Ian McKellen on returning to Middle-earth in The Hobbit - video interview

By and Amie Parker-Williams
Ian McKellen has discussed his return to Middle-earth in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The actor reprises the role of kindly wizard Gandalf in Peter Jackson's new trilogy, having previously played him in all three Lord of the Rings films.


McKellen admitted to Digital Spy that he had some uncertainty about taking the role.

"Did I want to be there for 18 months away from home? Did I want to go back to a part I'd already played? Those were the sort of puzzles I was having," he said.

"But when Peter said 'Right, we are going ahead and these are the dates, and we want you to play Gandalf', I thought 'Well, I don't want him to be making that telephone call to somebody else. I want to keep Gandalf!'"

McKellen went on to discuss the differences between the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings sets.

Watch Digital Spy's interview with Martin Freeman about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is out now.

Watch a trailer below:

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