Christopher Lee … True Awesomeness

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Sir Christopher Lee, a true Renaissance man with a penchant for striking fear into hearts and wielding a sword with greater panache then Errol Flynn himself. With more than 275 acting credits under his belt, he most often felt called to the darker side by playing Frankenstein, Dracula, bond villain Scaramanga, and my personal favorite Saruman. ‘Good people … being persistently noble can become rather uninteresting. There is a dark side in all of us. And for bad people, the bad side dominates. I think there is a great sadness in villains, and I have tried to put that across.’

During WWII, he served in the British Special Operations Executive and set Europe ablaze by ungentlemanly acts of warfare because that’s what they were instructed to do by Churchill himself. He never commented much on what he actually did, and when asked by reporters he would often say ‘can you keep a secret? Good, so can I.’

Despite all his awesomeness, he really only wanted to be an opera singer. Good thing he didn’t because LOTR wouldn’t have been the same. By the way, did you know that he had to correct Peter Jackson in the scene where Wormtail stabs him. Lee said it wasn’t realistic enough the way Jackson asked for it, and proceeded to instruct him on how a man truly sounds when he’s stabbed in the back. You can see it on the extended cut of the movie.

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A few fun facts:

–    He was the only Lord of the Rings actor to meet Tolkien

–  He recorded a heavy metal album at age 88 Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross. He’s also related to the late king on his mother’s side

–    He did a follow-up to his album with Black Sabbath

–    He collected books on the occult

–    Cousins with Ian Fleming of James Bond fame

–    An expert fencer and stuntman

–    Witnessed one of the last beheadings by guillotine in Paris

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