Sir Ian McKellen fantasised about The Hobbit dwarves
The first of three films based on an adaptation of the 1937 novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. Several actors from The Lord of the Rings will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood & Orlando Bloom. Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.
Sir Ian McKellen fantasised about the dwarves on 'The Hobbit' set.
The 73-year-old actor found himself lost in erotic dreams about the band of 13 mischievous warriors - who accompany his character Gandalf The Grey on an epic adventure - while shooting Sir Peter Jackson's prequel to 'The Lord Of The Rings'.
Asked whether any of the stars copied Viggo Mortensen's extreme method acting on the 'LOTR' set by sleeping in the stables with their steeds, James Nesbitt - who plays outspoken dwarf Bofur - joked: ''I kept asking my horse but it kept saying no!''
Speaking at 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' press conference at London's Claridge's hotel, Ian interrupted: ''They were too busy sleeping with each other!'', to which James replied: ''In your dreams McKellen!''
Ian laughed: ''You did say to follow my dreams! I adore all of the dwarves, they know that. There is a special dwarf and he knows who he is...''
Despite his light-hearted quips, the 'X-Men' actor revealed he was unhappy filming scenes with the dwarves at first because it meant missing out on the camaraderie by shooting alone before the two images were edited together later due to the size difference between the characters.
He explained: ''The trouble with the dwarves is they have to look smaller than me on the screen and there are no real devices to accomplish that. Something which is really congenial to acting is about looking another actor in the eye and working with him, and sometimes, cruelly, you are actually not in the same space while you're filming the same scene.''
The award-winning star bashfully admitted he had ''shamed'' himself by complaining about the process, but director Peter later made it up to him by pimping out his dressing room.
Ian told BANG Showbiz: ''The first day I rather shamed myself by grumbling to myself that this sort of filming wasn't why I had become an actor. I forgot that I was wearing a microphone and Peter heard.
''But I was rewarded the next day with love because my little tent where we get made up inside the studio had been decorated. There were remnants of [Elvish city] Rivendale, there was fresh fruit and flowers, and carpets and cushion and dancing boys and girls. I began to feel it was going to be alright!''