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Sir Christopher Lee Discusses His Appearance In THE HOBBIT Films, And More!!

Published at: Jan. 3, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST

 

Merrick here...

 

Over the Holidays, Sir Christopher Lee posted a video message to YouTube which discuses both the state of the world in general, as well as his upcoming projects.  Naturally, he segues into his return as Saruman in Peter Jackson's forthcoming HOBBIT films, in a section beginning 'round 6:05.  

 

Part 2 of his Christmas message can be found here.  He discusses being made a Fellow of BAFTA early in 2011 (details HERE) and not having an acceptance speech prepared.  He also references being made an "Horary Member of the Law Society of Dublin," being decorated by the French Ambassador as a "Commander of Arts and Letters," and his follow-up to his CHARLEMAGNE album, subtitled "The Omens of Death" (samples of first album HERE).  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Jan. 3, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    first

    by ByTor

    Christopher Lee is awesome. That is all.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Christopher Lee

    by The Mighty Dev

    Absolute Legend. One of the All-Time greats!

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Lee

    by The Mighty Dev

    Also, FIRST!

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Christopher Lee on the state of the world:

    by phifty2

    "The world is changing... Love Christopher Lee.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Hope you're around to see them too, Mr.Lee.

    by lochkray

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Dangit

    by Randall Flagg

    Can't watch at work. Anyone wanna summarize the good stuff?

  • There must one day be a Christopher Lee biopic that also chronicles his meetings with JRR Tolkien and fistfights with Hitler. And we'll never get to portray that moment correctly unless he writes down those secrets, secrets only to be revealed upon his deathbed. BTW, I call dibs on making the biopic.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    there is a clip of him on internet educating P. Jackson..

    by angry kitty

    On the correct sound a man makes when stabbed in the back. Based on his actual experience in the British military. Jackson wisely sat back and took note. Christopher Lee could be 120 years old, but is still the absolute coolest man on the planet.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    He's the only actor I'll watch in anything

    by rev_skarekroe

    Even The Man With The Golden Gun or that awful Fu Manchu movie. That said, does he live in a cave? There's an awful lot of reverb in his room.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Christopher Lee is so METAL!

    by Cureguy

    I think he was in the British secret service in some role. He is iconic, but some of his choices were bewildering. He was in The Howling 2:Your Sister is a Werewolf. Haven't seen the movie,but great title! I think he has the most movie credits of any living actor today. Several hundred film roles.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    A legend.

    by TheCrouton

    One of the best things about Christopher Lee is that even when he appears in what may be bad films, he still manages to be convincing and compelling and always worth watching. He's got at least 2 films coming out I want to see, The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey and The Wicker Tree, the follow-up to the classic Wicker Man.

  • Thank you, I'll be here all week.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to seeing the "Good" Saruman.

    by Fievel

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    The Dog's Bollocks

    by Kris Downes

    Nuff said

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    d.Vader

    by Stewart Wolfe

    Regarding Hitler: A true story from the Golden Age of Hollywood.......Both Winston Churchill and Hitler were huge fans of the legendary Greta Garbo. Churchill himself did eventually get to meet her later after the War. However, Hitler professed he'd always wanted to meet her too. When Garbo learned of this, she seriously considered agreeing to a face to face encounter with him.....with a gun concealed in her handbag. Her loathing for him was such that she wanted to assassinate him and "rid the world of it's worst misery." (Her words). However, she was talked out of it. Without doubt it would've been THE assassination of all time. Garbo murders Hitler!

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST

    That UFO clip is from Starship Invasions

    by Jaster Mareel

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076760/ I had seen it as a kid and thought it was pretty much the coolest thing ever. There are 2 seperate alien cultures. You see Lee's group, who was aided by the other culture, taking over the ship. There is then an all-out UFO battle that is really cool. This happens while Lee hits Earth with a ray that causes humans to become murderous. Picture Night of the Living Dead interspliced with Battlestar Galactica and you'll get a vague sense of this film's last 30 minutes. Fucking epic. Unfortunately it's never been released on video since the VHS 17 years ago. You can actually get it used for $29.99 from amazon. The only way I got it was a torrent I found some years ago.

  • He should be an anchor

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    After Decades of being ignored by his peers

    by D o o d

    You can tell by his expressions and his voice that he is really proud of his achievements and for being acknowledged for them.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Wow, burndowntinseltown

    by D.Vader

    Never heard that story, but it certainly would have been incredible! I wonder if that story somehow, in some small way, inspired Tarantino with Inglorious Bastards.

  • As Long as Christopher Lee is in Good Health, I Hope He Lives and Continues to Work till He is at least a 100 Years old if not longer!! All Hail A True Legend.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    The Greatest Actor and Gentleman I've ever read about.

    by notcher

    Christopher Lee is not only maybe the greatest actor ever, but he has done so many things for those less fortunate than he. A wonderful person and I hope we can get many more films from him in the remaining years of his life. God willing!

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    He looks tired.

    by Orionsangels

    Is he ok?

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Merrick

    by The Llama

    It's "Honorary," not "Horary." Please correct...you look ridiculous.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    The crap that this great actor starred in...

    by Superponte

    never ceases to amaze me. He never had trouble paying the bills though.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    choppah

    by ToshiroShimura

    I'm pretty sure that is a tidbit from his life's work that he doesn't field a whole lot of questions about. Never heard of that, myself. Probably true though haha

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    orionsangels

    by Rupee88

    isn't he 88 y/o? he's probably about as "ok" as you can be at 88.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    I could listen to him talk for hours

    by ToshiroShimura

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    LEGEND

    by KilliK

    nuff said

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    choppah

    by AssyMuffJizz

    I'm pretty sure Alec Guinness was involved. Or maybe that was a different early sex film.

  • Hopefully, he'll still be around to watching both Hobbit movies.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Wouldn't it be funny...

    by ToshiroShimura

    ..if Christopher Lee decided to browse the talkbacks and notice how the topic has somehow moved towards knighted actors and their porn films? I suppose he's old enough now to not give a shit. He may have a copy himself to throw on when he brings home a groupie

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    He's been in some awful films...

    by fitzcarraldo2

    but he is always at least watchable in them, he just lends class to anything he's in. Amazing singing voice too. This is one of my favourites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9MuEA2eF8c

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    imagine being a Nazi sentry...

    by fitzcarraldo2

    and turning round to see Christopher Lee striding towards you with commando dagger in hand, like an upper-class English terminator.

  • I'm sure he would have been good, but Donald Pleasance turned in such an iconic performance. I'm so glad that Pleasance got to do it.They are both legends in the horror genre.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    I can get you diseases. You'd like that wouldn't you?

    by ChickenStu

    Fucking awesomely HILARIOUS line from "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" and his delivery of it was PERFECT.

  • and wonder; just how much prime trim did they dine on. This guy is a legend...and a savvy professional. People whine that he, and a few other older distinguished actors, took crappy demeaning roles. But the fact is that a paycheck is a paycheck...and for smart people in the business the only demeaning role is the one you didn't get a fat payday for.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    i thought it had been confirmed Aragorn would be in part 2?

    by awepittance

    does he keep watch on the shire and follow Gollum to mirkwood in the appendices? the same ones i understand depict Gandalf going to rivendale when he disappears in the Hobbit plot.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    awepittance

    by ToshiroShimura

    Negative. They decided not to make that "bridge" movie between The Hobbit and LOTR, which I think was the right idea. The worst part of the LOTR movies was the clunky dialogue written by Jackson, Walsh and Boyens, and a bridge movie would more than likely be filled with nothing but. Sure Tolkien had some stuff written about those events..maybe in Unfinished Tales or something, but not enough for a full movie. They are simply splitting The Hobbit into two movies, and hopefully it all works out

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    here's the bafta clip!

    by FleshMachine

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2Od_8xyDLI

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Zooch, you're a frakking dickless knob jockey ..

    by Ciderman

    Have some respect for a master of his trade.

  • Christopher Lee, still acting and still going on. Short parts, but memorable. Indeed, Sir!

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    A Legendary actor, no doubt about it.

    by Jason

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    That should be a movie....

    by radioflyer

    .....seriously. Garbo kills Hitler. I realize that Tarantino already toyed with that kind of on "Inglorious Basterds" - but that sounds like something I would pay to see. .....seriously.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 12:26 a.m. CST

    man...i love this guy

    by unclejoe

    scared the shit out of me as a kid hope he never dies cuz i know he will rise up as a vampire...and there aint no cushing to stop him

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Someone mentioned Michael Caine

    by alpha

    And crap films, I remember him telling an anecdote that may have just been him joking where he said that his agent sent him scripts but he never read them, he just through them in the air and if they came up with the title page facing up he did the film and face down he rejected it. I also remember him joking about the terrible Jaws the Revenge by saying that it was one of his happiest experiences because he got to spend 4 months in the Caribbean during an English winter.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 1:25 a.m. CST

    it is time for the academy to honor this man

    by unclejoe

    on stage...live

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 3:02 a.m. CST

    he wants to work with eastwood

    by unclejoe

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg_Vd-kLdDU&NR=1&feature=endscreen hey clint...make it so

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Very happy for Mr. Lee - all honors well deserved

    by wcolbert

    It is saddening that he seems to have slowed dramatically in his speech in the last couple of years, but it's not something that you really have control over at nigh on 90, either. Tge body doesn't keep up with the mind, no matter who you are, sadly. Time always wins. life is so wickedly short...if only people could remain vital and energetic for even a couple centuries.... at least reach 200 like some reptiles. I truly hope that he makes it to see the Hobbit films, and I truly hope that he sees 100. I was certain just last year in seeing him speak that he would surely see 100, and I hope he does.The way he speaks, it does seem as if he feels his time is drawing to a close, but I hope he is wrong in this case. If he's up to it. If we have to say goodbye to this wonderful man tomorrow, or 10 years from now, he will have left an indelible impact on the face of cinema for generations to come - he has truly lived a life anyone could be proud of. I'm glad to have lived my life in an era that had such fine thespians gracing our screens. Congratulations, Mr. Lee! Nobody deserves these honors more - stay healthy good sir!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:04 a.m. CST

    I've seen him in the creeping flesh....

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    About 15 years ago near Covent Garden station. I was walking toward Leicester Sq and in front there were all these people just stopping and staring. He suddenly glided (and thats a very apt term) into view, ramrod straight all 6'3"+ plus of him; moving at a blistering pace (with two much younger assistants trying to keep up), cream linen suit, old club tie, voice booming without trying. I very nearly slammed into a lamppost as he sailed by. Seeing him this aged (and especially during last years BAFTA's) breaks my heart.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:20 a.m. CST

    A gentleman

    by The_Skook

    I was fortunate enough to spend a morning in a recording studio with just myself, the director and Mr Lee a number of years ago. He did all his lines in one perfect take, and spent the rest of the time just chatting with us about Hammer and his actors he had worked with. He graciously signed a couple of images for me and then disappeared off somewhere for lunch. He is indeed a massive presence, both on screen and off. Good health to him!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Mr Lee

    by ByTor

    A class act. If you can, go check out a movie called The House that Dripped Blood. A ridiculous Hammer movie that also starred Peter Cushing and Jon Pertwee. Lee is awesome in it, of course.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    One of the only actors I'll weep for

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    The guy is a legend and, though I've seen him in bad movies, I've never seen him give a bad performance. Seeing him talk about how he might not make it to see the finished versions of The Hobbit movies breaks my heart a little bit.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Maaaster Winduuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    by SmokieGeezer

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Remember, it is you Ichabod Crane, who is now put to the test.

    by Lakewater

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Bond villain, Sith Lord, Dracula, Saruman

    by bah

    Those creds alone earn him his knighthood.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Living legend

    by pumaman

    He looks 'tired' because he's 106 years old !

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Brush Your Teeth Lee!!!

    by BilboRing

    Or see a dentist. Fucking Brits!!

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    MASTER KENOBI...I'M DISAPPOINTED!

    by Darth Busey