Ian McKellen has proven to be one of the most successful actors of our time. With his extensive career in the film industry, what with him being 74 now and all, it seems that he is now pigeonholed for roles involving both wisdom and authority. We’ve seen him in countless films from X-Men, Lord of the Rings, The Golden Compass, Stardust and many, many more. Due to his often imposing posture and the ability to command a rather fearsome voice as shown in Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring and his occasional verbal bouts with Patrick Stewart in the X-Men films.
And now, Deviant Art artist Dino Tomic presents us with this crossover portrait of two of Ian McKellen’s most prominent roles in the film industry: Gandalf the Grey and Magneto/Erik Lehnsherr. Oh well, it seems Dino Tomic has always been a huge fan of fantasy films and has drawn characters from other franchises as well. In the meantime though, there’s no doubt that these two characters are by far Ian McKellen’s most famous roles as anyone can probably recognize the wise and bearded wizard from Lord of the Rings and the badass leader of the rebel mutants of X-Men.
As for the artist of the X-Men/The Hobbit portrait, it seems that Dino Tomic has plenty of artworks based on some of the most epic and badass characters of the film industry. We have popular characters like Samwise Gamgee of Lord of the Rings, Frodo’s faithful gardener and companion as portrayed by Sean Austin, a vicious portrait of Danny Trejo, Morgan Freeman and Captain Jack Sparrow as portrayed by Johnny Depp. Anyway, we certainly hope to catch more artwork from this guy as we’re certainly in for even more epic films coming this 2013 and 2014. There’s of course oncoming superhero movies like Thor: The Dark World and many more.
As for all you Ringers out there, the first trailer for Desolation of Smaug has indeed been released in theaters near you and features some of the scenes we’re definitely see once the film itself rolls around in late this December. So stay tuned Ringers because Bilbo’s journey is far from over!