Stevan writes: but Ian McKellen was on the chat show “Richard and Judy” in the UK this afternoon.

It was a casual 10-15 minuite interview in which he talked about Return of the King, his appearence on The Simpsons, and a little about The Hobbit.

About Return of the King, he mentioned about how almost every word was dubbed as on location it was too noisy and the studios in New Zealand weren’t sound proof. They also showed the clip of Gandalf, Pippin and Faramir talking in Minas Tirith, where Gandalf and Pippin are on a horse together. They talked about how they got the difference in size to look realistic and he said that Billy Boyd’s face was digitally added onto that of his small double, who was a woman.

Of the hobbit, he basically said what has already been reported, that New Line are trying to get hold of the full rights to make and distribute the film, once it is sorted Peter Jackson does want to make it, and that he very much wants to play Gandalf the Gray (said he preferes Gandalf the Gray to Gandalf the White.