Even Sir Ian McKellen, Wood recalled, was "just one of the guys." Indeed, McKellen joined the other (substantially younger) members of the fellowship in immortalizing their bond with a commemorative tattoo.
McKellen did have one minor quibble: "It says nine in elvish," he later explained. "But upside down, it seems to say Gucci!"
[The hobbits also went surfing and bungee-jumping together and DJed at clubs in Wellington. After the film wrapped, they gave Jackson a scale model of the director as a hobbit -- complete with pointy ears and hairy feet.]
["I wasn't over-impressed," McKellen once recalled of his first theatre experience ("Peter Pan"). "For one thing it wasn't a real crocodile and I could see the wires!"]