Gandalf breaks down on set

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SIR Ian McKellen has revealed that he burst into tears of frustration on the set of his upcoming film The Hobbit.

The former Wigan actor, who plays the wizard Gandalf, told Contact Music he became upset while filming a sequence on green screen with only visual aids to act against.

He said: “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.

“Pretending you’re with 13 other people when you’re on your own, it stretches your technical ability to the absolute limits.

“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.”

The first movie in the three-part Hobbit series, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is due for release on December 13.

But the 73-year-old will give the premiere in Wellington next week a miss as other stars of the movie turn out on Wednesday.

In a statement from Warner Brothers, he said: “It is thrilling that Peter and my other friends from the cast and crew will be re-united for the world premiere.

“I know they will have a wonderful welcome from the fans and I envy them. As ever, my heart is in Wellington, and I send my love.”