Rest In Peace, Sir Christopher Lee
June 11, 2015
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Sir Christopher Lee
I only just heard this morning that the great Christopher Lee has passed away from this Earth.
Lee was the last of the great classic horror film actors. He made so many films with guys like Peter Cushing, Donald Pleasence and Vincent Price that the four of them became something like a real-life team of superheroes (or supervillains, depending on the context). Such were the powers of these phenomenal alchemists that they could turn even the shittiest films into pure gold. The Robert Redfords and the Paul Newmans of the world had it easy in comparison; they had the Hollywood A-list luxury of turning down roles they didn’t like. Such were the likes of Cushing, Pleasence, Price and Lee that these extremely talented gentlemen would gladly star in anything – absolutely anything – so long as they got paid and could feed their families. Even more impressive, they would also put 150% of themselves into each and every one of their performances, no matter how awful the scripts might be. As a result, many of their films might have been crap – though there are quite a few that stand out as works of artistic perfection, including Halloween (1978), Star Wars (1977), The Wicker Man (1973) and Witchfinder General (1968) – but good Gods damn, those boys sure could act!
It’s sad to think that most of the Big Four (as we call them here in LV-426) passed away so close together in the early 1990s. Cushing, Pleasence and Price all seemed to die within a heartbeat of each other…but Lee managed to go on for another two and a half decades. I often wonder how sad it must have been for him to lose his pals; I know that he was especially close with Peter. But at least Lee kept himself busy; he managed to land some pretty big roles too, like Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Darth Tyranus in the Star Wars prequels. Hell, he even released a couple of heavy metal albums for Duat’s sake! (How awesome is THAT?) I’m glad he lived for as long as he did, and I’m glad he acted in as many films as he did (including the bad ones). I’ll never get tired of watching him play characters like Dracula and Lord Summerisle; Christopher Lee will always live on in my heart.
Rest in peace, Mr. Lee; may Sutekh keep open the mouth of your spirit, that you may breathe and speak words of power forever.
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