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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Sir Ian, Pt. 3 (conclusion)

Posted on 2008.09.03 at 10:39


(Anonymous) at 2008-09-06 21:27 (UTC) (Link)
'... I saw a glimmer of the old wizard's sternness. I smiled and tried a Gandalf twinkle, the friend of the Hobbits who admires their spirit and sociability.'

I like that. It's always interesting to hear how an actor inhabits the character. Sir Ian talked about the process of finding the right 'look' for Gandalf in the Michael Parkinson interview.

I saw that episode of 'The South Bank Show.' The make-up department replaced Gandalf's long hair with a woman's wig, and Sir Ian proceeded to the set where there was fun to be had with a pick-up for the scene in which Gandalf places the crown on Aragorn's head.

Perhaps you have seen it already, Mechtild, but there is a video of the clip on YouTube:


Sir Ian is very gracious with his praise for other actors. He appears amiable and somewhat mischievious at times, I think. He has something of Gandalf's 'twinkle' about him. I love all the pictures, especially the final photograph of Sir Ian sitting by the fire in PJ's Bag End!

I have very much enjoyed these three posts, Mechtild. It must have taken so much time and effort. You've done a terrific job ~ a wonderful tribute to a truly great actor. Thank you.

~ Blossom.

mechtild at 2008-09-06 23:15 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks again for stopping in, Blossom. I knew there must be a few other people out there who really liked Sir Ian and appreciated his genius.

Yes, he does sound like he's got a twinkle about him when he's telling anecdotes. But he can blaze, too. He can be intense to work with, I've read (I didn't post the comment because I forgot to copy the quote then couldn't find it again!); he's even said so himself. But intense in a way meant to get more out of rehearsal and performance, not take away.

And thanks for the link, Blossom. I certainly want to see it.
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