This video of Christopher Lee shooting for The Hobbit will warm your heart
Revered actor Christopher Lee had a brief cameo in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as Saruman, his character from The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. And even though The Hobbit is a prequel to the LOTR trilogy, the film was shot years after, which was made when Lee well into his 90s when he shot for the film.
There's a behind-the-scenes video from The Hobbit shows Lee's humourous and humble side, as he shoots key scenes for the film in London's Pinewood Studios. Because of his age, Lee couldn't travel to New Zealand where the rest of the cast was shooting the film, and he had to shoot his scenes in London.
In the video, Lee is seen walking in with a stick, and fumbling with the large white robes that his character Saruman wears.
"These clothes as a menace," he says, as director Peter Jackson recalls him saying the same words for the robes while shooting for the LOTR trilogy.
He also complains about his bushy eyebrows, when someone complains about how he tends to act with his eyebrows as well, even when the scene doesn't demand it. Later in an interview in the video, he explains, "A lot of people do it."
Peter Jackson explains in the video how when he and Lee get together, it's their assistant director's nightmare. It's her job to make sure everything happens on time, while Jackson explains how Lee loves to tell stories.
"Boy that guy's had a life," says actor Graham McTavish, who plays the character of Dwalin in the film.