Ian Mckellen turned nanny on 'The Hobbit' set

Published: 21 November, 2012 10:50 IST | PTI |

Veteran actor Ian McKellen turned babysitter while shooting new movie 'The Hobbit' by reading bedtime stories to co-star Martin Freeman's children.

The 73-year-old actor, who reprises his role as Gandalf in Peter Jackson's prequel to "The Lord Of The Rings" franchise, stepped in on nanny duties to give Freeman some much-needed time with his wife, reported Daily Star online.

Ian Mckellen
Ian Mckellen

Freeman was separated from wife Amanda and their two children Joe, seven, and Grace, three, for the best part of 18 months during filming, and he was grateful for Mckellen's help when his family finally joined him on location in New Zealand. "Yes, I got lovesick.

My family would come out for a few weeks then go home again, but over an 18-month period I saw less of them than I'd want," Freeman said. "When they came over to visit, they had the experience of being babysat by Gandalf.

So they were read bedtime stories by Sir Ian McKellen, a man with one of the most beautiful voices in the English language. And that's kind of cool," he added.

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