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Sweeney cuts Lee

05.23.2007
Any time an actor as eccentric and wonderfully eerie as Christopher Lee gets dropped from a film, it automatically suffers. But when that film is Tim Burtonís upcoming musical SWEENEY TODD, and features a cast that includes Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sasha Baron Cohen, I canít imagine the movie suffering too much of a blow.

Lee, who was to play a character not in the original musical named the ĎGentleman Ghostí has been cut from the film for unexplained reasons. Lee, ever the optimist, had this to say about it: "It would have been worse if I had done the scenes, but I never got to film them. It's a shame as the lyrics were wonderful, but these things happen." Thatís right Christopher. As dark and sinister as you are, itís always important to look on the bright side of things.

TODD tells the musical story of a barber (Depp) who sets out to get revenge on the judge who wrongly imprisoned him. The musical was originally written by songster Steven Sondheim, who had this to say about the upcoming project: ďSometimes a story or stage production has to wait a long time until the right people come together to turn it into a motion picture. That's what has happened with Sweeney Todd and I'm excited as well as confident that it will be a first-rate and startling movie." And to that I have to say, as are we Steven, as are we, Christopher Lee or not.

Extra Tidbit: This would have been Lee's fourth film with Burton, the others being SLEEPY HOLLOW, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, and CORPSE BRIDE.
Source: Cinematical

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5:27AM on 05/31/2007
I've been following the progress of this movie for a while now and I can honestly say that I cannot wait for it to release! I can't even remember when last I was looking forward to a movie this much!
I've been following the progress of this movie for a while now and I can honestly say that I cannot wait for it to release! I can't even remember when last I was looking forward to a movie this much!
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1:50AM on 05/24/2007

Who cares?

No offense to the man, but I can't say I'm excited to see this film. I mean seriously Johnny Depp is ok, but man talk about overhyping Pirate Jack! The guy has always been a solid actor, but for some reason all of a sudden people realize he's good? C'mon people! Remember the "Other" good role like "Edward Scissorhands?" It's like they just saw him or something. It's one role for crying outloud.
No offense to the man, but I can't say I'm excited to see this film. I mean seriously Johnny Depp is ok, but man talk about overhyping Pirate Jack! The guy has always been a solid actor, but for some reason all of a sudden people realize he's good? C'mon people! Remember the "Other" good role like "Edward Scissorhands?" It's like they just saw him or something. It's one role for crying outloud.
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6:59AM on 05/23/2007

Lee is always a plus

even in films like the infamously terrible Star Wars prequels where he was stuck fighting a green ping pong ball. But his greatest role of late was as Saruman in LotR.
The unexplained reason is probably that on second thought they didn't need a Gentlemen Ghost character. I hope they don't fill the role with someone else. Who else could play a Gentlemen Ghost in a Tim Burton flick?
even in films like the infamously terrible Star Wars prequels where he was stuck fighting a green ping pong ball. But his greatest role of late was as Saruman in LotR.
The unexplained reason is probably that on second thought they didn't need a Gentlemen Ghost character. I hope they don't fill the role with someone else. Who else could play a Gentlemen Ghost in a Tim Burton flick?
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4:29AM on 05/23/2007

What a shame!

I would have liked to see Dracula sing. He. I would probably have been very good. Don't forget, Lee is a learned Opera singer. Just listen to the Metal songs he did.

P.S.: He's the world oldest metal singer AND the lving actor with the most movies (quite a few shitty, but still). Among other things he played virtually every character in Sherlock Holmes. How much more cool can you be?

P.P.S.: Oh, okay. He also knew Tolkien personally. Chris Lee is officially the coolest person on this
I would have liked to see Dracula sing. He. I would probably have been very good. Don't forget, Lee is a learned Opera singer. Just listen to the Metal songs he did.

P.S.: He's the world oldest metal singer AND the lving actor with the most movies (quite a few shitty, but still). Among other things he played virtually every character in Sherlock Holmes. How much more cool can you be?

P.P.S.: Oh, okay. He also knew Tolkien personally. Chris Lee is officially the coolest person on this planet.
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