As the site advocate for all that is Middle-earth (I make no secret that The Lord of the Rings trilogy was my #1 film of the first decade in the 21st century), I have to say that my enthusiasm for the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – is at an all-time low. I recently re-watched the first two chapters to prepare myself for the finale, and I have to admit I had a hard time staying awake.
That being said, I’ll always appreciate what the endlessly talented Ian McKellen brought to the role of Gandalf, even more impressive considering the screen veteran’s age at 75 years old. So let’s do a Circuit 3 for the Scotch-Irish Englishman, shall we?
McKellen’s film career spans all the way back to 1969 (Thank You All Very Much), and he has been nominated for the Academy Award twice since then: once for Gods and Monsters (Lead; 1998), and again for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Supporting; 2001).
My Circuit 3 for Ian McKellen:
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
- Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
- Gods and Monsters (1998)
You can view McKellen’s entire filmography here.