Many fans went to midnight screenings of The Desolation of Smaug, but those who went to AMC Lincoln Square in New York City got a special treat – Ian McKellen showed up. Yes, he continues to be the most awesome. He teases about the dragon scenes going on a bit too long and mentions that Peter Jackson thinks it’s the best film of his five Middle Earth movies so far. The audience flips out and gives McKellen a warm welcome, and they refrain from charging the stage or asking for hugs (thankfully).
Watch the audience’s reaction after the break.