It seems that after all these years, Sir Ian McKellan is no longer up for stuffing his pipe with Longbottom leaf as one of the greatest wizards of Middle Earth.
Throughout the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit prequels, the English actor famously brought life to the glorious Gandalf over a time span of 15 years. And now, it seems that enough is enough for McKellan.
Appearing on Larry King Now, the actor admitted that after all this time, he's ready to give up his staff and has verbally ruled out portraying J.R.R. Tolkein's famous character ever again.
"I've had it with Gandalf"
When the show's host asked him if he had any interest in reprising the role again after a total of six movies, Sir Ian made his views very clear:
"I think we’ve run out of material there (laughs). I think I’ve had it with Gandalf. Though I love going to New Zealand where they film it all, and they were great times. But I had about 15 years of it."
And while McKellan's talent did justice to Gandalf the Grey (or White!), it's understandable why there's little chance of seeing the wizard on the big screen ever again.
For starters, the author of the epic book series has been dead for decades, and secondly, it's highly doubtable that the die-hard fans would stand for any further mining from the LOTR appendices, even if Gandalf had been around in Middle Earth for centuries before we are introduced to The Hobbit narrative.
So in lieu of this, let's wave goodbye and celebrate the phenomenal character with this pick of his five best moments from the franchise:
1. When Gandalf informs us that "a wizard is never too late"
From the very start, Ian McKellen's brilliance is clear as he brings to life J.R.R. Tolkein's most beautiful language.
2. Gandalf's epic throwdown with the Balrog at the Bridge of Khazad Dum
Not only does this scene offer us the immortal war-cry of "you shall not pass!", it's also perhaps one of the most memorable and striking openings to any movie ever! Here it is:
3. That time he smoked his pipe like a pro
Every time, for that matter.
4. When Gandalf rode out to blast the winged aggressors, the Nazgûl
Gandalf to the rescue once again!
5. When Gandalf reassured us that death is not something to be feared
Speaking to Pippin, he relays the following:
“The journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass... And then you see it… White shores... and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.”
Here's the stunning sequence in full:
Oh Gandalf, your gems of wisdom will be missed!