Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gandalf's Got a Bad Hobbit ... Watching the X Factor, Says McKellen

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gandalf's Got a Bad Hobbit ... Watching the X Factor, Says McKellen

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Louise Jury and alistair Foster Sir ian McKellen'S reprise of his most famous role as the wizard Gandalf in the forthcoming film version of The Hobbit has been eagerly awaited by millions.

But in remarks which confused fiction and reality (and would certainly not have been approved by the scholarly lord Of The rings author J r r Tolkien), Sir ian revealed yesterday what Gandalf had been up to while waiting for filming on The Hobbit to start -- he's been at home watching the X Factor.

The actor, 70, lauded for his performance this year as estragon in Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot, said the wizard was an unlikely fan of the iTV talent show.

asked about The Hobbit after receiving a special honour at the evening Standard Theatre awards yesterday, Sir ian said: "Well i've read the script and i'm not allowed to talk about it, but you can rest assured it's excellent and we start production in early summer in new Zealand.

"i miss Gandalf. He's been at home actually. …

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