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Old 05-03-2013, 01:21
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I'm such a huge fan of Christopher Lee, he's possibly my favourite actor, and it's broken my heart to see him suddenly decline in health recently. When he received his BAFTA Fellowship two years ago I was almost in tears when I saw how frail and haggard he was, especially given that he's always been so famously spry and full of life even as he's got old.

And then in the first Hobbit film I thought he really did look very old indeed, and even his voice seemed to be struggling. We know that all Christopher's scenes for the trilogy have been filmed, meaning he will almost certainly be in the third film, set for December 2014. But in my heart, I just can't see him surviving another two years to see it, and I certainly can't see him continuing to act at that point, by which time he'll be pushing 93.

So it seems quite possible to me that The Hobbit is Sir Christopher's final bow... does anyone know otherwise?
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:00
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does anyone know otherwise?
how can anyone know? no-one can predict the future as far as I'm aware, so no-one knows whether anyone will get to make another movie or not or whether their time's up.

I'm sorry, but I don't really see the point of such a morbid thread!
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:08
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Do you really expect someone at the age of 90 to be skipping down the road?
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:23
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I thought he gave a great performance as Saruman in the LOTR films, and when I heard he was going to be in The Hobbit trilogy I was looking forward to more of the same. Unfortunately, I agree with you. His Saruman in The Hobbit was a pale shadow of the character he portrayed in the LOTR films (and he's supposed to be younger in The Hobbit).
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:01
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I thought his Count Dooku was the most interesting character in the Star Wars prequel movies - definitely my favourite prequel character. Lee performed miracles with what he was given.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:03
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how can anyone know? no-one can predict the future as far as I'm aware, so no-one knows whether anyone will get to make another movie or not or whether their time's up.

I'm sorry, but I don't really see the point of such a morbid thread!
I meant if anyone knows of anything he's filmed (or will be filming) that will be released after December 2014.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:36
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He recently released a heavy Metal album
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:04
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I thought he gave a great performance as Saruman in the LOTR films, and when I heard he was going to be in The Hobbit trilogy I was looking forward to more of the same. Unfortunately, I agree with you. His Saruman in The Hobbit was a pale shadow of the character he portrayed in the LOTR films (and he's supposed to be younger in The Hobbit).
I don't think they covered it up particularly well either. You could tell they'd given him excessive make up of some sort to make him look like he did 10 years ago. Plus, during his scene all the other characters get up and walk around, and he stays sat in his chair. It's quite obvious he really struggled to fulfil his role, sadly. But I have so much respect for him for doing what he could for it.
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:07
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He recently released a heavy Metal album
Yeah, part of the reason I love him. Such a relentlessly cool guy. and I suppose it's encouraging that he's still doing that kind of stuff.
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Old 05-03-2013, 17:13
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I don't think they covered it up particularly well either. You could tell they'd given him excessive make up of some sort to make him look like he did 10 years ago. Plus, during his scene all the other characters get up and walk around, and he stays sat in his chair. It's quite obvious he really struggled to fulfil his role, sadly. But I have so much respect for him for doing what he could for it.
Yes, he just sits there with a fixed stare and rambles on in a wavering voice in the background. I felt sorry for him.
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Old 05-03-2013, 18:01
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I think he still had a bit of a presence in The Hobbit.

It would have been a lesser film without his appearance.
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Old 05-03-2013, 18:23
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I don't think they covered it up particularly well either. You could tell they'd given him excessive make up of some sort to make him look like he did 10 years ago. Plus, during his scene all the other characters get up and walk around, and he stays sat in his chair. It's quite obvious he really struggled to fulfil his role, sadly. But I have so much respect for him for doing what he could for it.
The other actors were in New Zealand, Lee was in a studio in London.
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Old 05-03-2013, 18:23
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There's a film listed as In Development on his IMDB page
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Old 05-03-2013, 18:45
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Let's not bury the poor guy before he's even dead.

He was in HUGO not long ago. He hasn't been limited to LOTR
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Old 06-03-2013, 15:10
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Let's not bury the poor guy before he's even dead.

He was in HUGO not long ago. He hasn't been limited to LOTR
Indeed! I'd like for his swansong to be in one of the new Hammer productions, that would be fitting.
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Old 06-03-2013, 16:17
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Can I just make it clear that as much as I may have worded it that way, I'm not speculating about when the poor man's going to die, I'm speculating about when he will retire, which I think will be some time this year, meaning The Hobbit 3 would almost certainly be his last released film. BUT knowing his work rate it's very likely those two events will coincide, so it's ended up sounding a bit morbid....
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Old 06-03-2013, 18:02
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But what do you want us to contribute to this thread beyond " Huh, you're right, he might die soon"

Sorry, is that disrespectful? Well, so is this thread.
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Old 24-05-2013, 18:43
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Don't know about his final films but it seems he had some music in him that he wanted to get out

Actor Sir Christopher Lee has recorded a heavy metal album. The veteran actor, best known for his role as Saruman in Lord of the Rings, will release the album called Charlemange: The Omens of Death, on May 27, his 91st birthday.

The album is the second of his music career, and was recorded with Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner as a follow-up to his first album Charlemange: By the Sword and the Cross.
http://www.itv.com/news/2013-05-24/s...y-metal-album/
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Old 24-05-2013, 22:08
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I'm sure I recall an interview a few years ago where he stated he had no intention of retiring. Film roles are likely to get shorter though, partly due to him slowing up physically, but largely for insurance purposes - were he to pass away during a long shoot, the film might have to be reshot (unless there was sufficient in the can to make digital construction a possibility a la Oliver Reed in Gladiator).

Other actors who lived long lives, such as John Gielgud and John Mills tended to do short cameos in films towards the end.
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