Sir Ian McKellen Blogs About 'The Hobbit' & Seeing Bilbo Test in 3D

March 8, 2011
Source: Official Website

Gandalf in Lord of the Rings

Who else out there could say that one of the many reasons they're excited for The Hobbit is because we get to see the great Sir Ian McKellen back in one his greatest roles ever - Gandalf! If you didn't already hear, the actor has been blogging (believe it!) on his own official website about preparing to shoot The Hobbit. I've bookmarked the site and hit it every day as that's where I think we'll get the best reports from Middle Earth once Peter Jackson starts shooting. As a taste of the brilliance we'll be hearing from this wonderful man, he posted a blog entry called "Bilbo in 3D" that you've just got to read. I already can't wait for The Hobbit!

Here's his post where he talks about Martin Freeman as Bilbo, who we saw that photo of a few weeks ago.

"I've seen Bilbo — in three dimensions.

I was visiting old friends in the Stone Street offices and heard Martin Freeman was just round the corner by the permanent greenscreen, done up as Bilbo, testing his costume in front of the 3D cameras. Indeed, there he was in the open air, mostly oblivious to the camera, though turning this way and that as required. Martin improvised a hobbity gait, padding back and forth, testing his big hairy Hobbit feet, pointy ears and little tum.

Beneath the shade of a tent, in a sun hat, [The Hobbit cinematographer] Andrew Lesnie was remotely controlling the two lenses within the mighty camera which digitally records in 3D. His screen showed the familiar 2D image but next to it, above the director's chair, was a large colour screen in full magical three dimensions, much as it will appear in the cinema — courtesy of the spy-glasses that transform the blurred outlines onscreen to the high definition exactitude of the 3D effect.

Three Bilbos simultaneously, two performances on screen and the actor beyond: which was the real one? Martin Freeman was transmuting into a character whose reality will soon be as authentic as his own.

If I can be a crazy fanboy for a moment here - hell yes this sounds so awesome! Seriously, reading stuff like this from Gandalf makes me so very happy again. Like Germain also says, "if that doesn’t get you excited, I don't know what will." Damn straight! Gotta love Sir Ian McKellen and seriously, even if you're not a fanboy (we all are), you've got to be excited knowing The Hobbit is coming soon and Gandalf will be back on the big screen again guiding the way. We'll definitely keep you guys updated as they inch towards that December 2012 release, but in the meantime, be sure to bookmark McKellen's website to get all of his blog posts.

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments


ugh, fuck off with the 3-D already. I'm honesty annoyed with any and all news pertaining to "the use of 3-D in films." tell me what does it add? what could it possibly add to The Hobbit? My answer: Nothing Nada and Zilch.

Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011


agreed! why are they messing with this crap? all it's going to do is cause the movie to take longer to get out. i HATE 3D! hey! i don't know if anyone is interested (but i sure am!) - the LotR trilogy extended editions on bluray are now available for preorder on amazon!!! no release date is given yet; but, they say it'll definitely be out this year! whoo hoooo!

Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011


What did technicolor add? Nothing Nada and Zilch. Oh wait.

Craig on Mar 9, 2011


That's pointless comparison. 3-D is a cheap gimmick that does not make anything better only worse, while Technicolor actually has a legitimate point.

Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011


Lol I like it, but yea that's not an accurate comparison... 3D is not like color, it's just an extra gimmick that sells well. Color is, well, color!

Alex Billington on Mar 9, 2011


"Color is, well, color!" Yep.

Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011


Ditto Xerxexx! As long as it is shown in the cinemas in 2D(the true cinematic form) as well I'll be fine.

Hattori Hanzo on Mar 10, 2011


The hell with 3D, it's The Hobbit not Alice in Wonderland. Bring it already!!!

Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011


I am gonna keep saying this for a while I am sure of it. I met Sir Ian last month!!! I even asked him about the hobbit.

Link1983 on Mar 9, 2011


Cant wait,I'm glad its Peter Jackson who's directing.

tir na nog on Mar 9, 2011


Holy balls. Well if Sir Ian says it's going to be good then I believe him. Even though I'm not a fan of 3D.

Risk on Mar 9, 2011


It ain't likely to be Clash of the Titans style 3D, so die hard LOTR fans will be relieved for the moment.

Jez on Mar 9, 2011



stfugtfo on Mar 9, 2011


Crack the dishes break the plates thats what Bilbo Baggins hates...right against the screen in 3D come on! This movie does NOT need any kind of gimmick! its the hobbit for crying out loud!

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