He had the opportunity to star in some pretty awesome and wonderful films over the course of his career. The director wanted him in the role of Saruman from the very beginning, but Lee really, really wanted to play Gandalf. Cookie Declaration  ///   Privacy Policy It’s worth the time, especially if you’re a fan of Lee’s work. Lee always envisioned himself as being Gandalf, so when he read that Peter Jackson would be adapting his bedside book, he immediately called his agent. All rights reserved. Sir Ian McKellen Wants To Play Gandalf in Amazon's LORD OF THE RINGS Series! Lee had a long history with Tolkien's fiction; he read The Hobbit after leaving the Royal Air Force in 1945, and since The Fellowship of the Ring came out, he read all Tolkien's books once a year. But he accepted the role of Saruman wanting to participate in the project any way he could. Let's Talk About THE MANDALORIAN Chapter 11: "The Heiress" Which Features Bo-Katan in Action! Although he realized he was too old to play Gandalf, he read the part. He later did some post-synching in London. This page was last modified on 4 October 2020, at 14:22. Links monetized by VigLinkCustom Code and Design by, Free Reyes, Learn What Happened to All the Heroes of THE LORD OF THE RINGS After It Ended. Make sure to read the entire interview here. Tolkien, who gave him his blessing to play Gandalf. According to Jackson, Lee was actually more interested in the taking on the role of Gandalf in the fantasy epic. He sang the role of Treebeard, as well as reciting numerous other poems. Christopher Lee: People get the actor mixed up with Sir Ian McKellen as they tweet 'RIP Gandalf' Twitter has outdone itself with the flurry of 'heartfelt tributes' Lee also had the experience of actually meeting Tolkien in person (making him the only individual involved in the film trilogies to do so) while visiting The Eagle and Child during the 1950s: Lee always envisioned himself as being Gandalf, so when he read that Peter Jackson would be adapting his bedside book, he immediately called his agent. His role as Saruman the White in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings is definitely one of his most memorable roles.. National treasure Christopher Lee has still got it.. When McKellen was cast as Gandalf, Lee was 78 years old and McKellen was 61. Lee auditioned for the part of Gandalf, but according to an interview with Lawrence French called Sir Christopher Lee on The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Lee stated "Of course I would have loved to play Gandalf, but I don’t think he (Peter Jackson) ever had me in mind for Gandalf, because by that time I was too old. Although he realized he was too old to play Gandalf, he read the part. ///   Copyright / DMCA Notice Christopher Lee as Dracula. Why Sean Connery Turned Down the Role of Gandalf in Peter Jackson's LORD OF THE RINGS, The Beatles Wanted to Make a LORD OF THE RINGS Movie, Cartoon Style LORD OF THE RINGS Character Designs, Gandalf vs. the Balrog in Found 1978 LORD OF THE RINGS Animated Film. He had never been in a movie with the actual Gandalf, Sir Ian McKellen, but the two quickly became friends, being the oldest actors on the set (though Lee was 17 years older). He did not get it, but was called back as Saruman instead. While jet-lagged, Lee broke his hand smashing it against a wall. All names, trademarks and images are copyright their respective owners. Let's Talk About THE MANDALORIAN Chapter 10: "The Passenger" which was Great if You're Scared of Spiders, Let's Talk About THE MANDALORIAN Chapter 9: "The Marshall" - An Epic Sized Adventure Story, Watch CYBERPUNK 2077 Gameplay on the PlayStation Consoles, Watch a New Explanation Video for CHRONOS: BEFORE THE ASHES, THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH AND THE STAFF OF DOOM Launches in Spring 2021, Intensely Emotional Trailer For STARFISH Which Tells a Story of Tragedy, Love, and Hope, Exclusive Clip From the Sci-Fi Survival Thriller DUNE DRIFTER, Steve Carrell Is Santa Claus in New Christmas Xfinity Short Film/Ad 'The Greatest Gift', Popular WEBTOON Rom-Com Comic TRUE BEAUTY Gets a Live-Action Korean Show, Milla Jovovich Is Joining MONSTER HUNTER WORLD: ICEBORNE Next Week. Jackson. He visited New Zealand four times, the longest time being ten weeks. Several shots of him in the finished films show him carefully hiding this bandaged left hand. He did not get it, but was called back as Saruman instead. Voices Comment Ian McKellen: When we weren't facing off on-set, Christopher Lee was a true gentleman and touchingly nervous. Christopher Lee, who played Saruman in the film series, passed away this week at the age of 93. He was also the only person involved with the Lord of the Rings films to have actually met Tolkien himself. Copyright © 2008-2020, GeekTyrant Industries, LLC. Last year, legendary actor Christopher Lee passed away. Lee shot most of his scenes in Wellington, in the main studio, but also shot one scene in Wellington's national park. This page has been accessed 262,171 times. He had the opportunity to star in some pretty awesome and wonderful films over the course of his career. Last year, legendary actor Christopher Lee passed away. Not as good, although apparently Peter Jackson wanted Lee to play Saruman the White from the start, despite hearing that the actor wasn’t interested in any more villain roles. According to Jackson, Lee was actually more interested in the taking on the role of Gandalf in the fantasy epic. Known for his booming voice, Christopher Lee has sung operas, and performed with the Tolkien Ensemble on their CDs At Dawn in Rivendell and Leaving Rivendell. The 92-year-old actor, an accomplished performer in his own right, also stood out among the Lord of … During a recent interview with EW, Jackson recounted the story of what went down when they met with Lee and what it was like for them throughout the shoot because apparently the whole time Lee was bummed out he wasn’t playing Gandalf. 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Lee has recounted his life and his connections with Tolkien's work in the foreword to Chris Smith's The Lord of the Rings: Weapons and Warfare, and in chapter 74, titled "Spellbinder", of his autobiography, Lord of Misrule. The director wanted him in the role of Saruman from the very beginning, but Lee really, really wanted to play Gandalf. He later said that it was probably for the best because he no longer had the stamina required to play Gandalf. Lee agreed to reprise his role as Saruman for The Hobbit film series on the condition that, due to his age, he did not have to fly out to New Zealand to be filmed. His role as Saruman the White in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings is definitely one of his most memorable roles. All rights reserved. As Saruman he had the air … TIL Christopher Lee received Tolkien's blessing to play the role of Gandalf, if a movie was ever released, but he played Saruman instead.