McKellen explained, The message I think that resonates in the books and films is Yes, the world is organized by people who are extremely powerful and are concerned with the preservation of Middle Earth, but they are entirely dependent on the little guy. And [it's impressive] that [Tolkien], whos been through two World Wars, accepts that: that its not the great people we build statues to through whom the world is changed its the ordinary people who measure up in the moment.
The same man who boasts that he rips passages that offend him out of the bibles left in hotel rooms.
Yep, that bugs me too. A lot. I watch the movie now and instead of seeing Gandalf of the story, I see the actor who hates the God behind all the good in the story. Fatal distraction.
Interesting comment as McKellan is an atheist.