'The Hobbit' Caused Sir Ian McKellen To Break Down In Tears On Set

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You'd have thought that Sir Ian McKellen would've seen it all in acting, and that nothing would phase the veteran actor, but it seems conditions on the set of 'The Hobbit' caused him to break into tears.

The actor reportedly told Contactmusic: "In order to shoot the dwarves and a large Gandalf, we couldn't be in the same set. All I had for company was 13 photographs of the dwarves on top of stands with little lights - whoever's talking flashes up."

Despite green screens and digital adding in of characters now being common cinematic practice, McKellen let the lack of company on set get to him so badly that he broke down in tears.

The star said: "Pretending you're with 13 other people when you're on your own, it stretches your technical ability to the absolute limits," adding: "I cried, actually. I cried. Then I said out loud, 'This is not why I became an actor'. Unfortunately the microphone was on and the whole studio heard."

While embarrassing for McKellen, now 73-years-old rather than a tantrum prone starlet, we can't imagine that it will have diminished the acting legend too much in the eyes of cast and crew, after all, as Gandalf he became an icon of the original 'Lord of The Rings' movies.

Director Peter Jackson's movie is set for its release next month, as the troubled production's first installment of three is release.

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