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Sir Christopher Lee - New Video on Forbes


Apr 28 2011, 8:32pm

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Sir Christopher Lee - New Video on Forbes

There is a new interview on video with Christopher Lee on the Forbes website, promising it is the first in a series of videos. What caught my eye was the initial statement in the article by the author John Farrell.

"Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to sit down with British film star Sir Christopher Lee, who on the verge of turning 89 is getting ready to reprise his role as Saruman in Peter Jackson’s two-part production of The Hobbit (among many other projects)."

I watched the five minute video and there was no mention of The Hobbit. Perhaps that will come on the next round of videos promised to be released.

However, I found it interesting that Farrell, who had just sat down with Sir Christopher, would not state the phrase "getting ready to reprise his role as Saruman" in a more cautious way if his involvement was still up in the air. It would be odd to use that statement (considering he just interviewed him) if the author wasn't told that by Lee himself. So is this possibly a "backwards confirmation" of Lee coming back in The Hobbit?

While it certainly isn't official and the article isn't detailed enough to confirm, it does make me wonder if that announcement is close. And I'll be watching for future videos!

"Do not come between the Nazgul and his prey"

Grey Havens

Apr 28 2011, 8:43pm

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Isn't Christopher Lee returning if his health is good enouth?
I thought that was confirmed?


Apr 28 2011, 9:20pm

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True But ...

That was quite awhile ago. At 89 health issues can change quickly. He has also said he would not travel again. So just the fact that an article indicates he is "preparing to reprise his role" would mean (if true) that he is healthy enough, there is a spot for him in the movie and that he is willing to do it. If that is all true, we still don't know if he'd travel to New Zealand or if they would accomodate him in England.

None of this is conclusive...but certainly some room for speculation here.

"Do not come between the Nazgul and his prey"

Grey Havens

Apr 28 2011, 9:33pm

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Love it!

Is it me, or does he look a heck of a lot better than he did at the BAFTA's? He looks like he put on some weight, and I notice he's not hunching over when he walks in the beginning. Anyways, I'll take his message on his website to be good proof that he'll return if he's doing fine. As for traveling, he hasn't really said definitively whether he's going to NZ or not, he may.

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Apr 28 2011, 9:39pm

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how much speculation!!!

mr Lee is a great actor and deserves to reprise his role of Saruman
btw we know he's a bit aged and even if he is good in mind, surely he's not the same of LOTR
however I hope there's some truth in the unsaid words and then he can acts just staying in England thanks to modern technology so why not?!?! I hope so Wink go Cristopher!!!


Grey Havens

Apr 28 2011, 11:33pm

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They (will) have several director-units

They could easily film his scenes in England if necessary :)

(This post was edited by painjoiker on Apr 28 2011, 11:33pm)

Ethel Duath

Apr 29 2011, 12:12am

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Somehow, the video won't load for me--it's just a blank white square

over the article. I have Firefox and a Mac--any ideas?Unsure


Apr 29 2011, 12:18am

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can you try it in a different browser?

It's loading and working for me in Firefox so it's probably a anti-ad setting you have in Firefox or a security setting for your computer that is blocking it.

I have an add on for Firefox, IE View, that lets me choose: 'View this page in IE' with a right click. It lets me right click on a page and open it in IE. Most of the time, issues I have with a page in Firefox get resolved when I view it in IE.

I don't know if the add on is available for Macs but you could always just copy the url and put it in IE if you have it.

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Apr 29 2011, 1:00am

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The wonders of modern technology.

They could easily ship a portion of a seat or the chair (assuming the white council is seated) or film against a green screen. Then film with another unit with PJ directing in NZ via satellite. Kind of like skype.

PJ worked with King Kong composer James Newton Howard via satellite without even meeting him in person.

It's a $500 Million production. They can do just about anything.

But who knows... Lee might be able to make it to NZ.

Unless (god forbid) Lee passes before they shoot him... he'll be in The Hobbit. I'm positive.

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Apr 29 2011, 1:04am

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I would rather be watching Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" and Ridley Scott's "Prometheus"'s going to be a long few years.

Mark Sommer

Apr 29 2011, 1:32am

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Lee's website said this was in the works in January

Here is what was reported on Christopher Lee's official website back in January:

Slowly but surely, Peter Jackson has managed to secure the return of the majority of the major stars from The Lord of the Rings franchise for his soon to be shooting prequel, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
Sir. Christopher Lee had been in talks to reprise his role as the wizard Saruman and it now looks certain, providing that he is in good health, that he will be appearing in the movie.

Mark Sommer
Twitter ID: Inklingblogger


Apr 29 2011, 5:43am

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This was my first thought upon seeing this article. He looks MUCH better.

GMTA, I guess.Sly

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Grey Havens

Apr 29 2011, 9:39am

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Perhaps the lovely spring weather, and thinking about playing Saruman again has given him a boost of immortal strength? Wink

"I'm just a happy camper! Rockin' and a-rollin!"


Apr 29 2011, 10:20am

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Nice interview, but horrible slowmo at the beginning... //



Apr 29 2011, 11:40am

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whatever it was, I'm thankful for it. I'd so love to see him as Saruman at the White Council.Cool

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