Peter Jackson penned a lovely farewell to Sir Christopher Lee

This morning we learned that a giant of cinema was no longer with us; Sir Christopher Lee passed away on Sunday at the age of 93. Lee had appeared in countless films, including five of the six films in Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth saga. Lee was a long-time fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth books and when he heard that "The Lord of The Rings" was going to become a series of films, he knew that he had to be a part of it.

The rest, as we say, is history; Christopher Lee gave us a magnificent and sinister Saruman and gained a generation of new fans as a result. Over the filming of THE LORD OF THE RINGS Christopher Lee become good friends with Peter Jackson and the director just wrote a lovely farewell to the great actor on Facebook:

It is with tremendous sadness that I learnt of the passing of Sir Christopher Lee. He was 93 years old, had not been in his usual good health for some time, but his spirit remained, as always, indomitable.

Christopher spoke seven languages; he was in every sense, a man of the world; well versed in art, politics, literature, history and science. He was scholar, a singer, an extraordinary raconteur and of course, a marvelous actor. One of my favourite things to do whenever I came to London would be to visit with Christopher and Gitte where he would regale me for hours with stories about his extraordinary life. I loved to listen to them and he loved to tell them - they were made all the more compelling because they were true - stories from his time with the SAS, through the Second World War, to the Hammer Horror years and later, his work with Tim Burton - of which he was enormously proud.

I was lucky enough to work with Chris on five films all told and it never ceased to be a thrill to see him on set. I remember him saying on my 40th Birthday (he was 80 at the time), “You’re half the man I am”.  Being half the man Christopher Lee is, is more than I could ever hope for. He was a true gentleman, in an era that no longer values gentleman.

I grew up loving Christopher Lee movies. For most of my life I was enthralled by the great iconic roles he not only created - but continued to own decades later. But somewhere along the way Christopher Lee suddenly, and magically, dissolved away and he became my friend, Chris.  And I loved Chris even more.

There will never be another Christopher Lee. He has a unique place in the history of cinema and in the hearts of millions of fans around the world.

The world will be a lesser place without him in it.

My deepest sympathies to Gitte and to his family and friends.

Rest in peace, Chris.

An icon of cinema has passed into legend.

Let us know some of your favourite Christopher Lee films in the comments.

Source: Facebook



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