SIR Ian McKellen returned home from Middle Earth to attend the UK premier of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The former Wigan star walked the red carpet with fellow cast members Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis.
Whilst at the premier the 73-year-old laughed off comments about a previous gag he made about forming a bond with the film’s dwarves.
During a recent press conference, Sir McKellen joked that the actors who play the dwarves in the film “were too busy sleeping with each other!” to employ the extreme acting methods used by Viggo Mortensen on The Lord Of The Rings.
Apparently James Nesbitt - who plays Bofur the dwarf - replied: “In your dreams McKellen!”, to which the actor quipped: “You did say to follow my dreams! I adore all of the dwarves, they know that. There is a special dwarf and he knows who he is...”
But speaking in past interviews. it appears he doesn’t seem all too fond of filming with dwarves at all due to height differences.
He said: “The trouble with the dwarves is they have to look smaller than me on the screen and there are no real devices to accomplish that.”
Meanwhile Sir Ian is to star in this year’s Dr Who Christmas special.
The episode titled The Snowmen will air at 5.15pm on Christmas Day, starring Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new assistant.
Sir Ian will be the voice of The Snowman.