Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Christopher Lee Game for The Hobbit

Christopher Lee told Empire Online that he is up to reprising his role of Saruman for the Lord of the Rings prequel film. As the below shows, his deep knowledge of the books would add to the film that is being written.

“I’ve read the books time and again,” said the 86-year-old. “Originally Saruman The White and the rest of the wizards, or the Istari as they call them, were immortal. There were five of them, two of them never appear, I know their names but they never appear, and the only three that are mentioned are Saruman The White, Gandalf The Grey and Radagast The Brown who you never see – so basically it’s two wizards.

“They lived for thousands of years and they were sent to the earth and they are virtually immortal. When it all started, Saruman was the noblest, the finest, the bravest, the most dependable and reliable of them all, he was number one. But somewhere, somehow, and it was never actually explained, he turns and it’s probably the Palantír (the wizard’s crystal ball thingy) that makes Saruman realise that if Sauron can do this, why can’t I do it and Saruman wants to become The Lord Of The Rings himself.”

“I’d be interested in seeing how that transition from good to evil occurred and, yes, of course I would return to the role if I was asked.”

Now this doesn't mean he will be in the movie as Saruman simply may not play a part in the events the planned prequel will chronicle. Its simply says that Lee is open to coming back if the opportunity presents itself.

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