“It can be a lot of fun, but it’s not a game.” Twenty-first century sage Jim’s Dad speaks for us all; but is he talking about the time-honoured traditions of self-abuse, or the oeuvre of JRR Tolkien as projected through the slightly smeary lens of Peter Jackson? Our newest writer Will Donovan is risking the wrath of ten million Bilbo fanboys as he explains why our latest trip into Middle-Earth has more than a little in common with that time your mum caught you balls-deep in a microwaved watermelon.
A national treasure, a gay icon, a Shakespearean behemoth, a level 4 magnetic mutant and Mithrandir himself, Sir Ian McKellen is one of the greatest actors of all time. At the age of 73, our 5 foot 11 inches undertaker continues to astound, most recently in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Did you know that Sir Ian attended Cambridge University where he studied English, and that he only got a 2:2? NO!? Then you’d better read our Ian McKellen Cheat Sheet!
Here we are, at everyone’s favourite refrain! Let’s celebrate by considering 5 of the best “gold rings” (they’re not all gold, they’re not all rings). We here at BFF are so very kind that we scoured cinema history in order to deliver 5 shiny circles into your brain via your optic nerve. You might remember Michael Fassbender doing a similar thing to Kevin Bacon in X-Men: First Class, but we promise to be more gentle than that.
New TV spot for The Hobbit features trolls, New Zealand and dodgy pick-up lines from Gandalf. The usual, then.
Viggo Mortensen has earned himself a reputation as one of the better leading men in Hollywood , and particularly as his newfound status as David Cronenberg’s muse in films like A History of Violence and A Dangerous Method. Often playing enigmatic and charismatic characters, shrouded with mystery and an epic backstory, does the same apply to Mortensen himself? In honour of his role in this week’s On The Road, let’s find out!
A double helping of Aragorn? Don’t mind if we do.
In which we meet Legolas’ dad. They’ve got the same ears, no?