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Ian McKellan told interviewers this week that he'd been driven to tears while filming green screen scenes for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson's forthcoming return to Middle Earth.

Speaking to Contactmusic, the actor said: "Pretending you're with 13 other people when you're on your own, it stretches your technical ability to the absolute limits. I cried, actually. I cried. Then I said out loud, 'This is not why I became an actor'. Unfortunately the microphone was on and the whole studio heard."

However, Gandalf's green screen tribulations are far from the most troubling headlines coming out of camp Hobbit this week. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) is planning to protest the film's premieres in New Zealand, the Us and the UK in response to claims from whistleblowers that Jackson's production »

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