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 Post subject: Christopher Lee Really Wanted To Play Gandalf
PostPosted: January 7th, 2016, 10:08 am 
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Last year, legendary actor Christopher Lee passed away. He had the opportunity to star in some pretty awesome and wonderful films over the course of his career. His role as Saruman the White in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings is definitely one of his most memorable roles.

According to Jackson, Lee was actually more interested in the taking on the role of Gandalf in the fantasy epic. The director wanted him in the role of Saruman from the very beginning, but Lee really, really wanted to play Gandalf.


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http://geektyrant.com/news/christopher-lee-really-wanted-to-play-gandalf-in-lord-of-the-rings

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 Post subject: Re: Christopher Lee Really Wanted To Play Gandalf
PostPosted: January 11th, 2016, 9:18 pm 
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Hm. That is interesting. So The rivalry between the two wizards was deeper than we knew aye? ;) lol

I can see why he would want gandalf's roll, myself. I would.

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 Post subject: Re: Christopher Lee Really Wanted To Play Gandalf
PostPosted: January 12th, 2016, 2:55 am 
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I think it's been known for a long time that Christipher Lee as a massive Tolkien fan always wanted to play Gandalf. He said many times himself that when he heard they were adapting the books, he was eager to play the part.

But he also accepted he was too old to play Gandalf, because of the physical demands of the role, Ian McKellen was 17 years younger than him when he was cast. He also publicly accepted that PJ never really had him in mind for Gandalf anyway, largely for those reasons.

I also think some of PJs comments have been taken slightly out of context in the EW article, (and further still in Geeky Tyrant sifting it for click-bait). Of course Christopher Lee would vouch that Saruman was always a good man, he understood the character because he read the books yearly, and had met Tolkien himself, not just because he had always played bad guys. And He and Ian McKellen were also good friends as the oldest members of the cast, there was no rivalry between them asthey were both delighted to finally be working together. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Christopher Lee Really Wanted To Play Gandalf
PostPosted: January 12th, 2016, 8:34 am 
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Yes, I am aware there was no rivalry in the set. I was just joking about the rivalry between saruman and gandalf.

I can only imagine how excited he was to play in the movies, being such a huge fan. That would be amazing.

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 Post subject: Re: Christopher Lee Really Wanted To Play Gandalf
PostPosted: January 14th, 2016, 2:30 pm 
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I'm just happy we got to see him as Saruman one more time before he passed.

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 Post subject: Re: Christopher Lee Really Wanted To Play Gandalf
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I agree. I am very glad he got to be in the hobbit before he passed. It would have been undoable without him almost.

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