The actor best known for playing Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (and The Hobbit trilogy, but most of us are still trying to forget that happened)—not to mention the 40 years of Shakespearean stage work that led to his knighting—celebrated the release of his new film Mr. Holmes the way any L.A. baller would: By making scrambled eggs at the Chateau Marmont.
In a video posted to his Facebook page Thursday morning, McKellen explains that the recipe comes from his Stepmother Gladys and reassures us all that they are indeed the best scrambled eggs in the world.
Using a non-stick sauce pot—like a boss—a wooden spoon, a pad of butter, and some half-and-half, he whips up a more-than-respectable plate of soft-scrambled eggs on toast. Even though the video has been viewed over 200,000 times in the past 6 hours, not everyone was impressed.
“Sir Ian is a brilliant actor and seems like a wonderful person,” said polite Facebook dissenter Paul Bonzulac. “But he did everything wrong with those eggs.”
Did Ian McKellen make the perfect Ludo-style omelet? No. Will his recipe be adapted by Alvin Cailan and added to the Eggslut menu? Probably not. Did he make an edible plate of food in a hotel room kitchen while allowing us all to melt into his regal, sage-like voice? Damn right he did.