Tolkien fans in New York got a bit of a surprise last week after Gandalf himself crashed a midnight screening of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'.
Cinema goers in the AMC Lincoln Square were settling down with their popcorn prior to show's start when out ambled Sir Ian McKellan himself, currently treading the boards in the Big Apple with best bud Sir Patrick Stewart.
And of course, the crowd goes wild.
"I've seen this movie," McKellan says, "and you're doing to have a wonderful time."
"I think the dragon goes on a bit long... but my God it looks fantastic."