35 Questions From When Gandalf Took Over "The Hobbit" Twitter

As always, Sir Ian McKellan was delightful. posted on

1. Does he prefer being Grey or White?

RT @jdocampo13:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/jdocampo13">@jdocampo13: @IanMcKellen" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/IanMcKellen">@IanMcKellen #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf Can You explain better how you became The White Wizard and which is your favorite film of LOTR ?

My favorite of the LOTR Trilogy was the first because it's more fun to be Gandalf the Grey than Gandalf the White.

2. Sir Ian likes to watch television.

RT @ShakerHymns:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/ShakerHymns">@ShakerHymns: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie Sir Ian, what's your favourite TV show? #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf #TheHobbit" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23TheHobbit">#TheHobbit

The TV show I watch regularly is on BBC2, the show about current politics called "Newsnight."

3. His feelings on Agent Smith, I mean, Lord Elrond, I mean Hugo Weaving?

RT @_Lindeman:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/_Lindeman">@_Lindeman: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie What's it like being around Lord Elrond (Hugo Weaving)? I'm certain it's a treat, yeah? #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf

Yes, Hugo and I laugh a lot. And I would like to work with him in the theatre.

4. Gandalf Vs. Magneto. FIGHT!

RT @GoodGolyMsMolly:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/GoodGolyMsMolly">@GoodGolyMsMolly: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie who would win in a fight? Gandalf or Magneto and why? #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf

The old guy, of course. With his 7,000 years of experience. Incidentally, I've answered this and other questions before on my website...

5. What does Gandalf drink?

RT @C_Lioneye:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/C_Lioneye">@C_Lioneye: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf What is Gandalfs drink of choice? (alcoholic or non alcoholic)

Well, in #TheHobbit," target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23TheHobbit">#TheHobbit, he is offered a cup of tea, but says he'd prefer a glass of red wine. The only trouble is dwarves drink out of much

6. Are those smoke rings real or CGI?

RT @NorCalDan714:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/NorCalDan714">@NorCalDan714: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf Can you make smoke rings like Gandalf can?

7. He gets a little dodgy when asked to name his favorite Dwarf.

RT @_Johnlock_:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/_Johnlock_">@_Johnlock_: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf Do you have a favourite Dwarf?

8. But is very diplomatic about whether or not he likes cats.

RT @eddardstarrrrk:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/eddardstarrrrk">@eddardstarrrrk: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf Sir, you like cats?

I like the big cats... the lions, the tigers, the jaguars, the cheetahs, the leopards, but domestically, I'm more at ease with dogs.

9. Sir Ian ponders the big questions about Gandalf’s life.

RT @AnnaCavey:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/AnnaCavey">@AnnaCavey: #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf If you could personally ask Tolkien about Gandalf, what would it be?

10. And knows he’ll always been seen as the Wizard to millions of people

RT @samurai_dudley:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/samurai_dudley">@samurai_dudley: Are you proud to know that you will always be seen as Gandalf to millions of Tolkien fans? #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf

Yes, of course. I'm very lucky to have become involved with films that have become classics.

11. He likes music in theory, I guess?

RT @Dariusaqua:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/Dariusaqua">@Dariusaqua: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie Sr Ian What kind of music do you like? #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf

I like almost any music played live from Beethoven to jazz to rock, but I don't play music at home.

12. And still has places left on his bucket list.

RT @zeyneperdoan:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/zeyneperdoan">@zeyneperdoan: Sir Ian where is the one place would you like to go and you have never been too ? #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie

I have never visited South America, and I hope one day I make it to Easter Island.

13. He gives advice on where to live in Middle Earth.

RT @JesusCowell:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/JesusCowell">@JesusCowell: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie if you could pick anywhere to live in Middle-Earth, which realm would you choose? #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf

Hobbiton, every time. You can now visit Mata Mata and see the original film set.

14. And talks about doing (some of) his own stunts.

RT @Fizzybubbles251:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/Fizzybubbles251">@Fizzybubbles251: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie Gandalf rides horses quite often, did you do this or did they use stunt doubles? :-) #askGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23askGandalf">#askGandalf

I actually mount, sit in the saddle, and dismount, but if you see Gandalf speeding along on horseback, that's not me... it's Gandalf.

15. Sir Ian was a Tolkien fan before it was cool.

RT @FeyzaNurArslan:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/FeyzaNurArslan">@FeyzaNurArslan: #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf Dear Sir Ian, did you read Tolkien when you were young?

I read #TheHobbit" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23TheHobbit">#TheHobbit in my late teens.

16. And is not a name brand snob when it comes to clothes.

RT @fetustinafey:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/fetustinafey">@fetustinafey: Where do you buy your sweaters, Sir Ian? #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf

17. He talks about the perils of Gandalf’s beard.

RT @brandnewskies:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/brandnewskies">@brandnewskies: #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf Have things ever gotten caught in your beard while filming?

Sometimes Rick, my makeup artist, had to remove the remains of lunch.

18. And his favorite props from the trilogy.

RT @GSP_Jones:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/GSP_Jones">@GSP_Jones: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie Sir Ian, what was your favourite prop from the Lord of the rings? (: #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf

All the props are made in the @wetaworkshop." target="_blank">http://twitter.com/wetaworkshop">@wetaworkshop. And are immaculate, particularly the weapons. Glamdring is a magnificent sword.

19. If not Gandalf, who would he have liked to play?

RT @Lizizzz:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/Lizizzz">@Lizizzz: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie #askgandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23askgandalf">#askgandalf if you could play another Tolkien character, who would it be?

20. Like Dwarves, he’s not about to fall into the “Favorite Hobbit” trap.

RT @jasperkaas:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/jasperkaas">@jasperkaas: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie Sir Ian, who do you like more? Merry or Pippin? #ASKGANDALF" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23ASKGANDALF">#ASKGANDALF

21. He gives great Wizard fashion advice.

RT @s_parvati:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/s_parvati">@s_parvati: Sir Ian, if not grey or white, what color do you think Gandalf should be/would look good in? #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie

22. Why he won’t be visiting Russia any time soon.

RT @anna_brightside:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/anna_brightside">@anna_brightside: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf Dearest Sir Ian, have you ever been to Russia?

Yes, during the Soviet years. Very depressed, but new laws have been passed in St. Petersburg and Moscow, which discourage gay people from

23. He has no idea how he got the part of Gandalf.

RT @MomsChooseJeff:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/MomsChooseJeff">@MomsChooseJeff: How many auditions did it take for u to get the role of Gandalf for LOTR? Was there stiff competition? #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf

24. But he has retroactive advice for his teenage self.

RT @Music0ftheNight:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/Music0ftheNight">@Music0ftheNight: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie Sir Ian, what's one thing you would say to your 16-year-old self? #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf

25. On the same note, he also has good advice for today’s teens.

RT @Anon_Trolling: #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf I'm gay and it's still difficult to deal with ignorant, homophobic people - how do you deal with it?

Find friends who will accept you for what you are. Be honest with them and then, one day, you'll be able to be open to the whole world.

If people can't accept for what you are, they're not worth bothering about.

26. Immortality. Yay or nay?

RT @JaceBantfos:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/JaceBantfos">@JaceBantfos: #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf Sir Ian, would you like to be able to live as long as gandalf? Or would you choose a human life?

At my age, I realize that I'm not immortal, like Gandalf seems to be, so I'll settle for the time that I am given.

27. How does Sir Ian feel about OTHER wizards?

RT @AvhMedia:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/AvhMedia">@AvhMedia: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie would you ever play a wizard again in any fantasy film? #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf

28. Things get a little saucy when discussing the, ahem, traits of Legolas and Aragorn.

RT @poxajub:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/poxajub">@poxajub: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie Do you prefer Legolas or Aragorn? Greetings from Brazil!! #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf

I'd prefer to spend the evening with Aragorn, but the night with Legolas.

29. And then they get even sexier…

RT @tyronej1984:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/tyronej1984">@tyronej1984: #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf can I stroke your beard?

30. Sir Ian talks about why New Zealand was the only place to film these movies.

RT @dogsydni:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/dogsydni">@dogsydni: #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf If LOTR and The Hobbit wasn't filmed in New Zealand, what other location would be a good place to film it?

There are plenty of Middle-earth locations in the UK, but they're not suitable because everywhere there is evidence of human activity

31. And his favorite actresses are all amazing choices.

RT @WhovianJoe:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/WhovianJoe">@WhovianJoe: Who's your favorite actress to act alongside with? #askgandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23askgandalf">#askgandalf

In #TheHobbit," target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23TheHobbit">#TheHobbit, Cate Blanchett. In Shakespeare, Judi Dench. In anything, she would have to be Meryl Streep.

32. His thoughts on religion are rather succinct.

RT @yariwari:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/yariwari">@yariwari: @TheHobbitMovie" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/TheHobbitMovie">@TheHobbitMovie #askgandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23askgandalf">#askgandalf I have always compared Gandalf with God, do you think it's an apt comparison?

33. And he has a cheeky answer for a question he must get a lot.

RT @Zain_901:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/Zain_901">@Zain_901: #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf why cant i pass?!

34. But most importantly, is he a fan of chocolate?

RT @alerjikbunye:" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/alerjikbunye">@alerjikbunye: #AskGandalf" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23AskGandalf">#AskGandalf Do you like chocolate?

It's not a passion, but I do like puddings... particularly a chocolate sponge pudding.

35. Oh no! Sir Ian hit the Twitter post limit!

Sir @IanMcKellen's" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/IanMcKellen">@IanMcKellen's parting words: What sort of technology is it that doesn’t allow us to go on tweeting? All, wizard wishes until next time!

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