Gandalf Writes from Imladris

Ian McKellen

We have a lovely update directly it seems ‘from Imladris’. Ian McKellen updated his blog with a witty analogue of his ‘waiting’ for The Hobbit to commence shooting. (No puns intended). He begins by pointedly stating:

A wizard is never late: but I hadn’t intended last Thursday to arrive in Wellington for The Hobbit filming, five weeks early.  Yet, what’s new?

Probably because the waiting is now just a fateful thing where The Hobbit is concerned. He goes on to say:

Just a year ago, touring New Zealand with Waiting for Godot, I had expected to start shooting in July 2010, with Guillermo del Toro in charge.  I was staying at his spare house on Breaker Bay, close to the Jackson compound.  There he told me why he was abandoning Middle Earth, as Warner Brothers and MGM got perilously close to postponing The Hobbit forever and he worried about his commitments to other work.  So my plan to jump straight from Beckett to Tolkien had to be abandoned and I flew home for a prolonged break.

A year on, filming was to start at the end of February 2011.  I curtailed a holiday in India to make sure I would be on time.

Then, while I was away, Peter Jackson had his stomach operation.  The insurance company has insisted on five weeks recuperation.  Which is why, yet again, I’m here early.  Waiting for Bilbo.

I was hoping to see Peter up and kicking at the party Philippa Boyens threw last week for the actors and again the following day, when Graham Mactavish and Gwen had a house-warming party in their garden and house overlooking the Wellington harbour.  No luck: but there were many others to say hello to; beginning with 13 dwarves.

We are all hoping, along with our very own Gandalf the Grey, that shooting commences soon. But until then as our wise wizard ends his blog entry: this is –

To be continued.

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