Sir Ian McKellen Says He Was Unsure About His The Hobbit Role
Sir Ian McKellen
British actor Sir Ian McKellen has admitted that he thought of turning down the offer of The Hobbit as he was concerned if he should accept such a big role at the age of 71.
However, the actor finally agreed to reprise his role in The Lord Of The Rings prequel. In the series, the actor portrays the role of wizard Gandalf.
The British actor also added that now he wants to focus on his theatre roles.
The actor wrote on his blog, "All I had to decide was what to do with the time that is given me. I`m 71 and fit: though at my age who knows what accident is `round the next corner?` For a year or more, I have been arranging my professional commitments around the possibility of `The Hobbit` films starting at almost any time.”
"As my agent continued to negotiate with Warner Brothers, I kept wondering was Gandalf what I most wanted to do, more than a new play for instance or indeed a new part? Sequels aren`t necessarily as rewarding to act in as their originals.
He concluded, "Could I let Gandalf go? Would anyone else care if I did? Elsewhere, does anyone care that Michael Gambon was not the first to play Dumbledore (in the `Harry Potter` franchise)?"
The Hobbit’ has been split in two parts; one to be released in December 2012 while the second is likely to hit the silver screen one year later.