Ian McKellen

  • Aired:  12/03/12
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An annoying Tolkien super fan knows more about Sir Ian McKellen's character in "The Hobbit" than he does. (6:47)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS AN ACTOR WHO HAS APPEARED IN NUMEROUS ROLES IN THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY AND THE

NATIONAL THEATRE.

I WILL ASK HIM WHO WOULD WIN IN A FIGHT MAGNETO OR GANDALF.

PLEASE WELCOME IAN McKELLEN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) MR. McKELAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

WHAT A PLEASURE, GOOD TO SEE YOU.

>> I'VE MISSED, I DON'T UNDERSTAND TELEPHONEMENT WHEN I'M ON THE SET IN HOBBIT AND I EXPECT PEOPLE

TO BE A LOT SMALLER THAN ME.

>> Stephen: BUT I --

>> I NEVER THOUGHT TO SAY THIS, STEPHEN COLBERT, YOU'RE BIG.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU.

>> WHERE THE HELL ARE YOUR EARS IN.

>> Stephen: I ACTUALLY HAVE ONE ELF EAR IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY.

>> YOU DO.

>> Stephen: I DO, I WILL SHOW YOU MY WIZARD TRICK, WATCH THIS READY?

ALL RIGHT.

>> OH, OH.

NICE, EH?

GANDALF CAN'T DO THAT.

>> I CAN DO OTHER THINGS.

>> Stephen: THIS IS A FAMILY SHOW.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: NOW 50 YEAR CAREER, THEATRE, FILM, ACCLAIMED.

YOU FINALLY DID SOMETHING GOOD WITH THE GANDALF THING, OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

>> I GOT MYSELF A FRANCHISE.

>> Stephen: YOU DID, YOU DID.

NOW I KNOW EVERYBODY'S GOT BATED BREATH TO SEE A LITTLE TASTE OF IT.

SO JIMMY, LET'S SHOW THE GOOD PEOPLE WHAT THEY CAME HERE FOR.

>> OH, YEAH.

>> BILBO, THIS IS ABOUT YOUR --

>> I CAN'T TAKE THIS.

>> THE BLADE IS OF ELVISH MAKE WHICH MEANS IT WILL BLOW BLUE WHEN O X'S-- ORCS

OR GOBLINS ARE NEARBY.

>> I HAVE NEVER USED A SWORD IN MY LIFE.

>> AND I HOPE YOU NEVER HAVE TO.

BUT IF YOU DO, REMEMBER THIS, TRUE COURAGE IS ABOUT LIVING LEARNING NOT WHEN TO TAKE A

LIFE BUT WHEN TO-- (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> HE REALLY IS GOOD, ISN'T HE?

>> Stephen: HE REALLY IS.

>> AND SO IS PAR TIN FREEMAN.

>> Stephen: WAS IT HARD FOR TO YOU GO BACK TO GANDALF THE GREY AFTER HAVING BEEN

GANDALF THE WHITE, IT IS KIND OF A DEMOTION.

>> I NEVER REALLY LIKED GANDALF THE WHITE, HE'S SUCH-- .

>> Stephen: WHERE NOT.

>> HE'S SUCH A STICK, SO BORING.

>> Stephen: HE HAD FABULOUS HAIR.

>> THAT IS TRUEMENT BUT NO JOKES.

>> Stephen: OH, SO GANDALF THE GREY.

>> NO SMOKINGING, NO DRINKING, NO-- YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, IN KID'S MOVIE AND ALL THE CHARACTERS SMOKE.

I LOVE IT.

>> Stephen: NOW WE TALKED ABOUT POLITICS FOR A SECRETARY.

>> PLEASE.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

YOU ARE A GAY RIGHTS ADVOCATE.

>> UH-HUH.

>> Stephen: IS THAT THE PROPER TERM.

>> WELL, I'M GAY SO OF COURSE (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW I'M A FAN, I'VE ALREADY GURBD.

HERE IS MY BEEF WITH YOU.

OKAY.

BY BEING OPENLY GAY AND A GAY RIGHTS ADVOCATE AND BEING A BELOVED STAR OF BILLION DOLLAR BLOCKBUSTERS,

MY FEAR IS YOU DON'T JUST MAKE GAY SEEM ACCEPTABLE, OKAY, WHICH I HAVE MY OWN PROBLEMS WITH.

YOU MAKE IT SEEM HEROIC.

>> AH.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: OKAY, ARE YOU THE SHARP KNIFEPOINT OF THE GAY AGENDA TRYING TO

BRAINWASH OUR CHILDREN.

>> WELL, THAT'S WHAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THINK AND FEAR BUT THERE WE GO.

BUT I HAVE PLAYED SOME HORRIBLE MEN IN MY TIME LIKE MacBETH.

>> Stephen: ALL OF THEM ARE GREAT TOO.

>> THEY ARE GAY MURDERS AND I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU, GAY PEOPLE DO ALL SORTS OF THINGS.

SOMETIMES THEY ARE GOOD, AND SOMETIMES NOT SO GOOD.

THEY'RE JUST LIKE THE REST OF YOU.

>> Stephen: SO YOU WILL ADMIT THAT SOMETIMES GAY PEOPLE ARE TERRIBLE.

YOU WILL ODD HIT THAT.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

YOU KNOW WE'RE MAKING A SEQUEL.

>> Stephen: TO WHAT.

>> IN MIDDLE EARTH, ACTUALLY PERHAPS I SHOULDN'T SAY.

IT GANDALF THE GAY.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: SO TELL ME, PLEASE --

>> AND YOU GET TO FIND OUT WHO IS HIS FAVORITE DWARF.

>> Stephen: I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT IN 3-D IS ALL I'M SAYING.

(LAUGHTER) HOW DO YOU FEEL WHAT IS IT LIKE DEALING WITH THOSE TOLKIEN NERDS, THOSE GUYS

WHO MUST COME UP TO YOU --

>> PEOPLE LIKE YOU?

>> Stephen: WELL, I GUESS, YES.

>> YOU ARE THE SWEETEST, MOST INTELLIGENT CARING PEOPLE THAT YOU MEET, SERIOUSLY.

I WENT DOWN IN COMICON IN SAN DIEGO.

ALL THE FANS ARE THERE, ALL THE GEEKS AND NERDS SO, CALLED.

I GO DOWN AND SEE THEM SLEEPING OUT, WAITING FOR OUR PRESENTATION, THEY TURN OUT TO BE TEACHERS AND

STUDENTS AND LITERARY MAJORS.

>> Stephen: AND PUNDIT.

>> AND PUNDITS.

>> Stephen: WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY ANNOYING WHO THINK THEY-- I

KNOW MORE ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER THAN YOU DO, IAN McKELLEN, AND THEY --

>> ARE YOU BACK TO YOURSELF AGAIN.

>> Stephen: WHAT?

WELL, I GUESS I DO KNOW A LOT ABOUT IT.

>> I BET YOU KNOW WHAT GANDALF'S MIDDLE NAME IS.

>> Stephen: 50 SHADES.

>> THERE YOU GO.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR CHARACTER'S NAME WAS OVER IN VALINOR.

>> OLORIN.

>> Stephen: DO YOU KNOW WHICH HE HUNG OUT WITHNESS WITH LOTS OF THEM.

>> Stephen: NO, NENYAR.

THE BALAOR GREECE, MI BEATING GANDALF THE GREY.

>> ARE YOU.

AND LET'S NOT GET ON TO MAGNETO.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU EVER TEMPTED WHEN YOU WERE LIKE, WHEN ARE YOU PLAYING GANDALF

AND THE ORCS ARE COMING AT YOU ARE YOU ATTEMPTED TO USE THAT MAGNETO POWER AND TAKE

THEIR SWORDS FROM THEM.

>> NO, GANDALF IS MORE POWERFUL THAN MAGNETO.

>> Stephen: COULD GANDALF BEAT MAGNETO.

>> YES, EVERY TIME.

THE OLD GUY WILL DO IT EVERY TIME, HE IS 7,000 YEARS OLD.

HE KNOWS IT ALL.

I LOVE GANDALF THE GREY.

I LOVE HIM.

>> Stephen: AND I LOVE YOU, IAN McKELLEN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) THANK YOU SO MUCH, THANK YOU SO MUCH, IAN McKELLEN.

THE HOBBIT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

THANK YOU SOP MUCH

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