Sir might be 73, but that doesn't prevent him from keeping an internet blog (although it does look like something from circa 2003). Despite its rather basic appearance it is a veritable Smaug's lair of McKellen information. For example, he recently updated about his experiences working beside and on the set of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Well, actually, 'working beside' is a bit inaccurate. It turns out Christopher Lee did not make the trip to The Hobbit set in New Zealand - which is not surprising considering the acting legend is now 90 years old. However, with the aid of some good ol' fashioned movie magic, you'd have never known the actors in the scene were filmed 12,000 miles apart. McKellen explained:
"Actually Christopher Lee wasn't with the rest of us, filming in New Zealand. His contribution was shot back home in London and then sliced into the scene, though you can't tell, of course."
McKellen also revealed some more interesting nuggets. In particular, he announced the extended edition of The Hobbit will feature the appearance of Bilbo's mother, Belladonna Took. He also mentioned the re-appearance of FIGWIT, an Elven servant played by Bret Mckenzie of Flight of the Conchords fame. Ever since his extremely short appearance in Fellowship of the Ring, Mckenzie has developed a cult following surrounding his character. He had a short cameo in The Return of the King, while his appearance in The Hobbit was just slightly longer. His outstanding contribution to date, has to be this Lord of the Rings inspired music video made for an episode of Flight of the Conchords.
Of course, you'll next be able to see Sir Ian back in Middle Earth in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which releases on December 13 2013. Give the [[follow]] button a hit to be kept updated with all the latest news, pictures, and videos when they arrive.