Actor Ian McKellen Breaks Down On “The Hobbit” Set

Peter Jackson’s new “Hobbit” film has seemed to anger Sir Ian McKellen. We have the details after the jump.

McKellen, who has played Gandalf since Jackson’s first “Lord of the Rings” film, grew frustrated after he had to perform the scenes in “The Hobbit” with a green screen instead of with other real actors. Gandalf, a wizard who is typically taller than the dwarves and hobbits featured in the story, couldn’t be featured on the same set. McKellen told Contact Music, “All I had for company was 13 photographs of the dwarves on top of stands with little lights — whoever’s talking flashes up.”

Guess Sir McKellen’s patience wore thin, as the celebrated actor broke down, saying, “Pretending you’re with 13 other people when you’re on your own, it stretches your technical ability to the absolute limits.”

“I cried, actually. I cried,” the actor confessed. “Then I said out loud, ‘This is not why I became an actor’. Unfortunately the microphone was on and the whole studio heard.”

Bravely taking responsibility for himself (and not blaming the hot mic), is a reason why the distinguished gentleman has heard him a coveted place in the hearts of all nerd-kind. We hope to sit down with the most electrifying actor not named Dwayne Johnson soon!

Props: Yahoo! Movies