“It was a little like going back to something that wasn’t necessarily going to be particularly challenging,” he said. “Gandalf is still inside me, as it were, so the business of getting to know a new character -- I was sort of going to be robbed of that.”
The 73-year-old actor quickly changed his mind after a friend reminded him of the importance of his bushy-browed character, and the impact his absence would have on the millions of eager fans who are more than eager for his return.
“You felt, how many millions of people are waiting for it?” he recalls his friend saying. “They wouldn’t understand if you weren’t as keen as they were.”
Fortunately for us fans, Sir Ian didn’t let his reservations get the best of him.