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.
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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