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Christopher Lee's 'Rings' Quest

by Elizabeth Snead

USA Today - November 26, 1999

British Gothic horror film icon Christopher Lee won't slow down. The
77-year-old actor, who plays the baritone-voiced burgomaster in the opening
of Sleepy Hollow, will fly to New Zealand in January to appear in the epic Lord
of the Rings trilogy.

Lee will spend two months playing the white wizard Saruman, who is
Gandalf's (Ian McKellen) mortal enemy and tries to rule Middle Earth and the

Lee recalls reading the trilogy back in the '60s, during his days playing
Dracula in various Hammer studio films.

"I was just beginning as an actor, and I thought, 'Oh, wouldn't it be wonderful if
this film is made, and wouldn't it be even more wonderful if I was able to play
Saruman?' " Lee says by phone from his London home. "Touch wood, I will
be. It's a dream come true."

Lee also plays Pakistan's founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, in Jinnah (seeking
a distributor) and might reprise his role as Duc de Richleau in a
much-talked-about rename of 1968's The Devil Rides Out.

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