December 4, 2000
Lee is the No. 1
Christopher Lee spoke out in the Sunday Times this week about his role in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Speaking about Tolkiens novel, Lee said, I was bowled over by it, line for line and still am. It is magical.
Unfortunately, the 54-year movie veteran was unable to say much about the first part itself, which has just finished filming: I cant discuss anything about it. I signed a confidentiality agreement. I can tell you who Im playing, of course, because that is common knowledge.
Lee will play the wizard, Saruman. Hes more than just a wizard. They are immortals. But they are human-shaped. Theyre called the istari. They are immortal. They are maiar. They are sent by the valar, who are the creators, to Middle Earth. There are three wizards to concern yourself with, and I am number one: the most powerful. The most brilliant. The one of the greatest strength: Saruman, the White.
Lee continued: The point is, power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, famous phrase, and thats what happens to him. Hes meant to be the white wizard, but it comes out that hes gone to the dark side. Thats all in the book. Thats all in the film. And thats all I can tell you.Speaking about the whole trilogy, the 78-year-old said: I want to live long enough to see all of the Lord Of The Rings films come out thats 2003, by which time Ill be 81. Lees future plans also include appearing in Star Wars: Episode II.