From One Count to Another – Empire Online

by Mar 1, 2001Lord of the Rings (Movies)

Christopher Lee (Saruman).
An Empire Online Online interview with Christopher Lee, supposedly about his role as Count Dooku in Star Wars: Episode II, quickly refocuses on his role as Saruman in Lord of the Rings. Are we surprised?

Here is an excerpt:

As for that other small project that’s been consuming the veteran actor’s time – Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Lord of the Rings – Lee, gagged once again by a confidentiality agreement, was unable to give us much more information on the project in which he plays Saruman, a powerful wizard corrupted by the dark side. (Surely some pattern developing here?)

He did reveal that he has some ADR – Additional Dialogue Recording – still to do before he is completely finished work on the trilogy and he was adamant “without the slightest doubt” that Peter Jackson had met the challenge of bringing Lord of the Rings to the big screen.

“His instincts are amazing. His stamina is something I could barely believe. He’s a very stable man. He has tremendous stamina and he needed it, he needed it,” said Lee of his director who is currently in post-production after filming principal photography for all three films back-to-back.

The legendary actor also waxed lyrical about the prospects for the trilogy itself: “I’ve said before that the Lord of the Rings, in my opinion – Star Wars speaks for itself, of course. It’ll be titanic as a film, they all are and deservedly so – but the Lord of the Rings will, I think, create cinema history because I don’t think anybody will have seen anything quite like it.”

Lee, who has read the Tolkien classics every year since their publication told us that acting in a film version of Lord of the Rings has been a long cherished dream. “One’s dreams don’t always come true,” he added. “But this one has.”

Thanks to James D. at Empire Online for the heads up!

Please click on the link below to read the entire interview.


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