Gandalf the Grave. During the filming of the Hobbit movies Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf, had to shoot most of his scenes alone with nothing but green scr
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During the filming of the Hobbit movies Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf, had to shoot most of his scenes alone with nothing but green screens. Being a seasoned actor, this caused him much pain to the point of him breaking down crying on set. "This isn't why I became an actor" he sobbed, and later said that “It was so distressing and off-putting and difficult that I thought ‘I don’t want to make this film if this is what I’m going to have to do’. It’s not what I do for a living. I act with other people, I don’t act on my own."

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#3 - anonymous (05/16/2014) [+] (3 replies)
I think that's a little too much drama
#18 to #3 - lodestone (05/16/2014) [-]
He's gay and an actor. That seems like the right level of drama.
User avatar #8 - applesdontpee (05/16/2014) [+] (11 replies)
why were they shot with green screens instead of the actual actors?
User avatar #10 to #8 - colfer (05/16/2014) [-]
Because in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, they simply placed him closer to the camera to make him appear bigger the hobbits/dwarves. This was not possible in the Hobbit trilogy, as they used new 3D-techniques
#6 - europe (05/16/2014) [+] (19 replies)
And of course the two movies were rubbish
#13 to #6 - sobir (05/16/2014) [-]
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#19 - scooba (05/16/2014) [+] (24 replies)
#5 - gibroner ONLINE (05/16/2014) [+] (4 replies)
I can totally understand where he's coming from. As someone who acts for a hobby the thing I love the most about it isn't being on stage, nor is it getting the chance to be someone else  though I must admit that is fun   It's the interaction with the other actors, it's meeting people who under normal circumstances I probably wouldn't even talk to, it's coming together with a group of talented people to put on an amazing show and learning that with all our differences we're more similar than we realize.
I can totally understand where he's coming from. As someone who acts for a hobby the thing I love the most about it isn't being on stage, nor is it getting the chance to be someone else though I must admit that is fun It's the interaction with the other actors, it's meeting people who under normal circumstances I probably wouldn't even talk to, it's coming together with a group of talented people to put on an amazing show and learning that with all our differences we're more similar than we realize.
#39 - greyhoundfd ONLINE (05/17/2014) [+] (4 replies)
Am I the only one who really fucking hated the orcs and goblins in The Hobbit? They were way too animated. The ones in the LOTR actually looked twisted, these ones just look like emo elves with a bit too much access to metal.
#87 - sircool (05/17/2014) [+] (1 reply)
everyone in the comments saying he shouldn't be sad and shit cause he gets a big ass pay check, ignoring the fact the post makes him human.   
   
You try going to work everyday, to a new location, meeting people and typically becoming friends with them over the time you work with them for around two to three years. Then add in usually each of the places you work is typically built wonderfully, looking almost magical and believable of being the place you're saying you're at. Then rip that away and sit yourself in a green, empty room speaking to the air. At least with golum, you can speak to some one, he just speaks to empty green chairs.   
   
TL: dr for a moment, Ian shows that acting is more than just money to him. It's about meeting good people and making a quality product that others around the world could enjoy.
everyone in the comments saying he shouldn't be sad and shit cause he gets a big ass pay check, ignoring the fact the post makes him human.

You try going to work everyday, to a new location, meeting people and typically becoming friends with them over the time you work with them for around two to three years. Then add in usually each of the places you work is typically built wonderfully, looking almost magical and believable of being the place you're saying you're at. Then rip that away and sit yourself in a green, empty room speaking to the air. At least with golum, you can speak to some one, he just speaks to empty green chairs.

TL: dr for a moment, Ian shows that acting is more than just money to him. It's about meeting good people and making a quality product that others around the world could enjoy.
#72 - anonymous (05/17/2014) [+] (2 replies)
Poor rich spoiled faggot
#50 - hudis ONLINE (05/17/2014) [+] (2 replies)
This upsets me. Both because I feel with Ian McKellen, and also because Peter Jackson is starting to seem more and more like George Lucas 2.0, and also because this obsession with prioritising technology over human interaction is really starting to show in the movies. It was noticable right away in the first Hobbit film that something was off; it just didn't feel genuine. I guess this is why. It's not really acting anymore because there's no warmth or authenticity in it. There are no emotions pouring out of it because the actors aren't acting with each other; they're acting with themselves in front of a camera. I imagine that even the scenes with just the dwarves are fairly "plastic", seeing as they shoot everything with 3D in mind, meaning loads of angles, loads of takes and loads of repetition, and I reckon that means loads of solo-acting.

It's just tragic and it makes me sad. Lord of the Rings may well be my favourite films ever, but The Hobbit films are thus far only bringing pain and contemplation that I don't want while watching a movie. It's like the Star Wars prequels all over again.
#91 - ratytang ONLINE (05/17/2014) [+] (4 replies)
User avatar #93 - DiabloStrawhat (05/17/2014) [+] (9 replies)
Why the fuck would they need to green screen the other actors in? That's retarded.
User avatar #94 to #93 - YoshiBond (05/17/2014) [-]
I think it had to do with making the dwarves and Bilbo look smaller.
#29 - NutHut ONLINE (05/17/2014) [+] (1 reply)
Its like, really green.
#65 - anonymous (05/17/2014) [+] (12 replies)
The hobbit movies are a monstrosity, they dont follow the book at all
#76 to #70 - sarevok (05/17/2014) [-]
No major plots no but they still left out Tom Bombadil, wish they could've put him in. :{
User avatar #58 - dovahben (05/17/2014) [+] (2 replies)
The thing that pissed me off about the new trilogy so far was in the Desolation of Smaug when the dwarves are going down the river in barrels. There are a few frames in that scene where they tried to get a pov shot of being dunked into water with what was recorded with what looked like a go pro. God damnit Jackson get your shit together.
#144 - harbingerwolf (05/17/2014) [-]
"Be advised..."
#42 - thelastelephant ONLINE (05/17/2014) [-]
When I look it up and it's true
User avatar #138 - MrMustacho (05/17/2014) [+] (18 replies)
he makes millions of dollars for pretending to be a wizard
and he's surrounded by crewmembers

either this is BS or he turned into a whiny bitch
#150 to #138 - anonymous (05/17/2014) [-]
He is not doing this for the money or shallow reasons most people associate with acting. Coming from the stage he got into acting, as most have by interacting and reciprocating emotions with others. Having to just do a solo performance is devastating for an actor if they aren't egocentric.
#124 - tonejt (05/17/2014) [+] (1 reply)
This makes me much sadder than it has any right to.
#14 - historicbacon (05/16/2014) [-]
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User avatar #136 - listerthepessimist (05/17/2014) [-]
Ian Mckellen is known for one man shows, calling bullshit on the above.
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