Thanks to Lynn for sending along this “blurb” from an interview with Ian McKellan from the July 14, 2000 edition of the Philadelphia Gay News.

PGN: Two more questions: How are things going on “Lord of the Rings” down there in New Zealand?

IM: I’m in a hiatus at the moment. I go back after “X-Men” and do another five months, and I’m really enjoying it enormously. I’m enjoying being in New Zealand, which is a very, very beautiful small country. The script is astonishing, and I’ve got a fabulous part [Gandalf] so I’m a very happy bunny, really, and looking forward to being back.”