MCKELLAN'S GANDALF NOT RAGGED
Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf the Grey in Peter Jackson's upcoming
the Rings film trilogy, told fans on his official Web site that viewers
should not be fooled by his ragged appearance in recent trailers.
the Grey is a wanderer and survives a number of long journeys by foot
horseback," McKellen wrote.
"He is rarely sitting out of harm's way in his pony-trap," McKellen
"So of course he gets dusty and dirty, without benefit of wayside
Haggard perhaps to look at, but that doesn't stop his being gentle or
paternal when appropriate."
McKellen also said he doesn't compare his potential Rings fame with that
endured by Alec Guinness after Star Wars. "Sir Alec didn't like the
dialogue in Star Wars," McKellen wrote. "By contrast, Gandalf gets some
Tolkien's best writing. As for the iconic status of the role, I can
escape into my customary anonymity by not wearing a pointy hat in
The first Rings film, The Fellowship of the Ring, opens Dec. 19.