Trivia / Christopher Lee

  • The Cast Show Off: Quite a few films showed off his fencing skills.
  • Deleted Role: His roles were cut from the films My Brother's Keeper and Saraband for Dead Lovers.
  • Doing It for the Art: He believed in The Wicker Man so much that he did the film for free. He also paid for the press tour out of his own pocket.
  • Old Shame:
    • He was so ashamed of Howling II: Stirba: Werewolf Bitch, that when he met Joe Dante on Gremlins 2: The New Batch, he apologised to him for being in such a bad sequel to his film.
    • He didn't care for Police Academy: Mission to Moscow either.
    • He disliked the later Hammer Dracula films for how far they strayed from the book.
    • The End of the World was another regret.
  • 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.
  • Production Posse: He 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.
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