Sir Ian McKellen Talks About His Favorite And Deleted Scene In THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

What was Gandalf's favorite scene in The Hobbit? And what character not shown in the film will be included on the blu-ray in a deleted scene? Read on to find out and be sure to list your own favorite scene in the comments section.

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By Mark Julian - 12/20/2012

Some parts of The Hobbit I enjoyed most:

One thing Middle-earth is short on is the feminine. It's a pity, because a female dwarf would have been fun. Bilbo's mother, the "famous Belladonna Took," will make a brief appearance in the extended DVD/Blu-ray edition but in the film itself, thank goodness for the ravishing re-appearance of Cate Blanchett's serene Galadriel. She is so sweet to Gandalf, countering the sinister presence of a mournful Saruman at the conference table. 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.

Also on hand with the other gorgeous-looking elves in Rivendell is FIGWIT: and if you don't know who that is, you haven't been following the Flight of the Conchords' subplot. It's a Kiwi in-joke.


For those that don't know FIGWIT stands for "Frodo is grea...who is THAT?!?". A bit of a running gag, the elf is first glimpsed in The Fellowship of the Ring in the scene where Frodo agrees to take the ring. The camera quickly cuts to this unnamed elf for really no reason whatsoever but he became so popular fans gave him the name above.

To show just how wildly popular Tolkiens fantasy epic is, in 2004 a 50 minute documentary on the Figwit phenomenon was made by three Wellington filmmakers Stan Alley, Nick Booth and Hannah Clarke.



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Running Time: 2 hrs 40 min
Release Date: December 14, 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy action violence and smoking
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving and Orlando Bloom
Directed by: Peter Jackson.
Written by: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay)

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ManofSteel23 - 12/20/2012, 1:44 PM
YOUR JOKING?! chris lee's part was shot separately? I didnt even notice!
Jnichols326 - 12/20/2012, 1:48 PM
my favorite scene was the escape from the goblins, i liked all the different camera angles used in that scene, it truly was awesome
HellsHammer - 12/20/2012, 2:16 PM
I loved this movie
SpideyQuad - 12/20/2012, 2:26 PM
Early on he said he was too old to make the trip back to New Zealand, so they set up studio for him in England
SpideyQuad - 12/20/2012, 2:27 PM
Hells Hammer and icon reminds me of what me and my youngest used to say when Stephen King's it was on…

"Shhh…It is on"
KarlRobinofEarth2 - 12/20/2012, 2:35 PM
Here's to the five disc set we'll buy in three years.
Facade - 12/20/2012, 2:45 PM
@KarlKingNerd...it's my understanding that it'll be released BEFORE the theatrical release of Desolation!!!! The BluRay extended version debacle in years past centered around lawsuits.

AC1 - 12/20/2012, 2:58 PM
Saw it yesterday, not as good as The Lord Of The Rings films and it dragged in places but I still really enjoyed it and I can't wait for the sequels.

Gotta say though, it was really distracting watching the white council scenes because it was so obvious Christopher Lee was wearing a fake beard, it was so poorly attached to his face it was casting a shadow! Still great seeing him back though, and given a final send off as Saruman if he doesn't return for the other two.
ManofSteel23 - 12/20/2012, 2:59 PM
can you imagine the marathon you could have with the hobbit 123 and the lord of the rings trilogy...EXTENDED EDITIONS!
TheOneAboveAll - 12/20/2012, 3:02 PM
The Goblin king looked like a giant scrotum or ball sack lol
DukeAcureds - 12/20/2012, 3:44 PM
Are you fvcking kidding me?!
There's a delted scene?!
PJ was supposed to be shooting one feature film. ONE! And now he's ended up making a trilogy of three hour films and there are still deleted scenes?!!!
Did he not at any point think he was perhaps shooting too much? You know, usually, filmmakers deal with this in pre-production with litle things like screenpleys, storyboards, sequence breakdowns, budget packs, etc. How can you not know what the fvck you're shooting, when you have a classic fvcking novel in the palm of your hands before development even begins?!
Jackson, you're a self-indulgent, unproffesional waste of time and money. Like The Matrix sequels, you could've actually made one of the best films of all time, here. Instead, you stuck your grubby hobbity Sting up our unsuspecting Rings of power.
DTor91 - 12/20/2012, 4:16 PM
@DukeAcureds

I guess you sure know how to make a movie. Really now, getting out of shape over a deleted scene.....someone must be bored.
CrimsonReign - 12/20/2012, 4:46 PM
Loved the movie. Not as good as LOTR but I think the next two entries will be better and all of it will mesh beautifully with LOTR.
KidGoku - 12/20/2012, 4:50 PM
@DukeAcureds idiot
GrayMatter - 12/20/2012, 4:55 PM
@ACira - I never noticed the fake beard the first time I saw it (in 24fps) but at 48fps it was soooo bad. Another reason why HFR is just a bad idea.

DukeAcureds went overboard, but he does have a point. I thought the whole point of stretching The Hobbit into 3 movies was so that they wouldn't really have to cut anything. I thought we were already getting the "extended edtions" so to speak. And because nothing was being cut, that's why they needed to add the extra movie (plus all the extra $$$).

So we're getting an entire movie's worth of extra material, AND we're going to be getting extended editions on dvd/br? Man, PJ be cray-cray
KidGoku - 12/20/2012, 4:56 PM
@DuckeAcureds like really, you are an idiot. Do you have any idea how long the extended cuts for LOTR series were? I doubt he would get enough money from the box office if he released it in theaters. This is how it goes:

you film the movie, cut the movie for time, people hear how long it is and say "i can sit through it", love the movie enough to watch it and people love it regardless of scenes being cut, box office hit, DVDs come then extended version, people buy DVDs and extended versions then word of mouth happens, WB sees the $$$ and says "Ok Jackson make more of these movies for us, because it is a financial and critical success".

Plus if you read the novel, it's pretty quick with little development for the Dwarves which would be very un-Peter Jackson like to have little character development. That's mainly what Unexpected Journey was: character development.
mctrinket - 12/20/2012, 5:04 PM
Will we be seeing Beorn in the next one?
Bodwulf - 12/20/2012, 6:33 PM
I am glad there are three films. I do not get upset when people make more of the films I want to see. I know it is a weird thought to actually want to see more of what you enjoy.
Bodwulf - 12/20/2012, 6:41 PM
For Fanboys everywhere
elessarundomiel2382 - 12/21/2012, 3:07 AM
Why does everyone keep comparing it to TLOTR? Did anyone ever compare the books to one another? NO!!!!!! They are two separate entities. Two events of one timeline its not supposed to be the same. And when people complain about dragging parts.........friggin' read the book. The longest parts of the book is the parts in Bagend, rivendell scenes, Riddles in the dark. So obviously we got all that in the movie and then some. So stop your fretting
mr2324jgf - 12/21/2012, 4:57 AM
"Why does everyone keep comparing it to TLOTR?"

lol... shared universe, characters, sub plot and ending maybe? also, same cinematic viewpoint, similar score, same director... i could go on... sometimes people are so silly round here
ceallaig - 12/21/2012, 7:46 AM
BluePallando -- the problem with that little theory is ... the devout fans are the ones that are currently screaming about the liberties PJ has taken with their beloved book, just the way they did with the trilogy. As a more casual fan (who really thinks the Professor needed a good editor), I say the more the merrier. I was slightly disappointed we didn't get more in Rivendell, for instance. And as for the beard issue .... I saw it IMAX 3D and HFR, and never noticed that it wasn't a 'proper' beard, and that it wasn't actually him sitting there with the group! Guess I'm just not as observant as others. And frankly, it probably won't bother me much if I do notice it next time. Can't wait for part two!
P90 - 12/21/2012, 7:50 AM
I want to know what happened to the scenes we saw in the trailer, namely Gandalf in Dol-Goldur and Bilbo seeing the shards of Narsil.
DukeAcureds - 12/21/2012, 9:11 AM
To those of you that ain't British, I was utilizing an age old device that was once known as "sarcasm" to illustrate the point that, on any ordinary feature film shoot, this would be very much frowned upon by a producer. It would be a page right out of How Not To Make A Movie (a book which, for obvious reasons, does not exist).
I know tha, in this case, this is exactly what the producers want. And I know that PJ is doing this because he is a complete raving Tolkien fanatic. But if he really loved Tolkien's work, he might've made this as a self-contained movie with a running time of anything from 90-125 minutes.
Super12 - 12/21/2012, 6:36 PM
Wow. Really? One movie?? Really? If you profess to be a fan than you are either a fool or are just making up stuff cause you want to argue about something. The argument can be made for only two, but just one when you have the opportunity for more? Nope.

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