Trivia / Christopher Lee

  • Plays Great Ethnics: Early in his career he had trouble finding roles as Englishmen because casting directors thought his Italian heritage made him look too "foreign". As a result, he's played Germans, Italians, French, Arabs, Chinese...it's probably easier to mention ethnicities he hasn't played.
  • Those Two Actors: He worked with Peter Cushing in an astonishing twenty-two movies together. Their first two films were Hamlet (1948) and Moulin Rouge (1952), two major Class-A productions where they both had minor roles where their characters never met. Then they co-starred in The Curse of Frankenstein (Cushing was Frankenstein, Lee was the Monster) and a beautiful partnership, and friendship, was made.
    • He also had a very healthy working relationship with director Terence Young, who gave Lee his first acting role (in the 1948 film Corridor of Mirrors) and directed him in several other small-to-medium sized roles before Lee received his big break in The Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula.
  • Typecasting: If you see Christopher Lee in a movie, he's probably the villain, or at least a Jerk With a Heart Of Gold. (This is intentional on Lee's part. He wants to be the bad guy)
  • What Could Have Been:
    • He was supposed to play Dr. No in the film of the same name but the filmmakers chose Joseph Wiseman instead.
    • He was also offered Leslie Nielsen's role in Airplane!, but turned it down because he had trouble understanding the script.
    • Both Lee and Peter Cushing were offered the role of Dr. Loomis in Halloween (1978). Lee had said that turning down the role was one of the worst mistakes he'd made in his career.
    • One of the reasons Lee was so excited to play King Haggard in The Last Unicorn was because "it's the closest I'll ever get to playing King Lear''."
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