In The News: Lee Talks ‘LOTR’ – Cinescape

by Oct 8, 1999Lord of the Rings (Movies)

I have recieved a great many pieces of news in the last couple of days. There has been a lot of Lord of the Rings News around the world.

This one is from Thanks to Elldan for passing this one along.


Some months back, veteran actor and horror film icon Christopher Lee was talking about how badly he wanted a role in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. At that time, he doubted he would get a part. Fortunately, he did. Recently, while talking to SFX magazine, Lee once again happily explained, “I’ve always said since first reading the three books, and I’ve always felt this, that I was born to be in it. And now I can say I am! I’m very happy. And Saruman, he’s the head wizard. An enormously important role. Saruman goes over to the enemy, he’s a Valar, an immortal, and if he’d have remained benevolent it would have been a very different story.”

Regarding the films’ scripts, Lee has only good things to say. “Well, I’ve only read the first one,” he admits. “But [Peter’s] done a splendid job, to condense this colossal epic, as big as The Odyssey or The Illiad, to the point where you can make it and present it to the public. I think a very large number of people are very excited.”


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