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Dec 14, 2012 at 12:05pm IST

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' was like homecoming: Ian McKellen

London: 'Lord of the Rings' star Ian McKellen says returning to New Zealand to shoot 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' felt like he was going home.

The 73-year-old actor, who is battling prostate cancer for seven years, reprised his role as Gandalf the wizard from Peter Jackson's award-winning 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy in the prequel film, reported Femalefirst.

"It was like going back home, really. It was more of the same, which is what was required, but it wasn't boring. I mean, a whole new set of circumstances and a new Bilbo (Baggins) to play with in Martin Freeman, and all those 13 dwarves, and a new aspect of the story," he said.

'The Hobbit' was like homecoming: Ian McKellen

The 73-year-old actor reprised his role as Gandalf the wizard from Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings'.

The film had a royal premiere yesterday and was attended by Prince William.

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