There has been an equally fanatical quest for knowledge surrounding Lee’s other major film project, Lord of the Rings.
“Lord of the Rings I think will create cinema history. I don’t think anybody will have seen anything quite like it,” says Lee, who holds Tolkein’s epic work on par with Homer.
And Lee should know – he has read both the Iliad and Odyssey in the original Greek.
Lee says Jackson has met the challenge of transferring the books to the screen.
“His instincts and his stamina are amazing – something I can barely believe,” he says.
For Lee, the Lord of the Rings project is the realisation of a long-held ambition.
“I remember thinking as a young man that wouldn’t this make a fantastic film. At the same time I had this dream as an actor that I would be in it.
“One’s dreams don’t always come true, but this one has.”
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