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Ian McKellen hosted 'Hobbit' parties during filming


Ian Mckellen became known as "the king of the social scene" while filming "The Hobbit" movies in New Zealand as he hosted regular gatherings for the cast and crew at his home.

The veteran actor, who reprises his role as Gandalf the wizard in the franchise, took it upon himself to keep his pals entertained during the 18-month shoot and his co-star Martin Freeman admits he, for one, was grateful to be coaxed out his apartment.

He tells People magazine, "It was lovely to have that time to get to know people properly. I'm a homebody, so I like putting a DVD on and having a beer. But McKellen was the king of the social scene. Nights 'round Gandalf's house: There was a lot of that!"

McKellen isn't the first to take on the role of party planner -- Russell Crowe did the same for his Les Miserables co-stars, holding regular drinking sessions and sing-a-longs so Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried could get comfortable bursting into song in front of each other for the Tom Hooper musical.

Dec 24, 2012 10:38AM

  I see by the comments some people believe gay's will force their  attention upon you and any party thrown by a gay male must be a "gay affair". I can only speak from my experience but, nothing could be further from the truth. I'm a 61 year old heterosexual. I'm as straight as you can get. I've had two good friends over the years who happen to be gay. They've never met each other. Both knew I'm straight and NEVER, EVER made advances on me (or any other straight male) and never made me feel uncomfortable. We're friends, that's all.

  You guys who seem to think all gay men want you..... maybe you're not that attractive.

Dec 24, 2012 12:49PM

I don't know if they could chosen a better actor to play Gandalf

Dec 24, 2012 12:25PM
Funny how the fictional character and the real one played similar roles.
Dec 24, 2012 12:11PM

...and so why are they telling us this?

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