Gandalf has joined the opposition to the controversial Wellywood sign.  Sir Ian McKellen, who played the famous wizard in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, says he is baffled by Wellington Airport’s effort to erect the sign, which would mimic the famous Hollywood version.

“I think that would be a very odd sign to put up,” he told The Dominion Post from London yesterday.  “It isn’t like New Zealand film-makers want to be like the American film industry – they absolutely don’t,” he said. Wellington was “stuffed with people who don’t want to work in Hollywood”.  More.