Christopher Lee Talks Saruman in ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

The actor confirms his presence in this upcoming Peter Jackson prequel, offering new character details.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to return quite a few characters from The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy, but one of fandom's favorites is legendary actor Christopher Lee as Saruman.

While the character wasn't present in J.R.R. Tolkien's original novel, future literature noted that Saruman was quite active during the time of this adventure, and director Peter Jackson is going to focus on some of that history with his interpretation of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Over the holidays, Christopher Lee brought a special message to his fans, offering some insight into Saruman's plight in this new movie. He also speaks out on his appearances in Hugo, The Wicker Tree, and Dark Shadows.

Check out the video below.

This is what Christopher Lee had to say about Saruman in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

"I did my part in about four days. What is extremely important is, in these two films, which, of course, are before The Lord of the Rings...Saruman, whom I play again, is indeed, still Saruman the White. But he is a good and noble man. And he is still the head of the council of wizards. As he always was."

About Dark Shadows, the actor had this to say.

"It is not a long part. Again, I only play short parts. They must be short parts. But they must be parts that mean something. That matter. That people notice when I am on the screen, and they will remember the character when they see the film."

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

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  1. Andrew Thompson

    Such A fantastic actor i doubt they will give him an oscar until after he passes... the interview looks struggled hope him well health!

    3 years agoby @andrew-thompsonFlag

  2. ZanyZap

    He's too damn talented.

    3 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  3. Major Tom

    Christopher Lee deserves much bigger parts than he gets. He's a fantastic actor, even in his bit parts. And I'm so glad to hear that he'll be in the Hobbit!

    3 years agoby @movie-nutFlag

  4. Cody Ellsmore

    wow hes getting old but he's still a cool actor!!!! plus he was born in like 1922!!! lol.....cant wait to see him in the hobbit as a good guy!!!!

    3 years agoby @cody-ellsmoreFlag

  5. Josh

    I'm excited to see him play a different side to the character than what we saw in LotR.

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  6. Dragon1991

    Out of all the people that works for Cinema, Mr. Lee should get a Oscar for his hard work as a actor.

    3 years agoby @Dragon1991Flag

  7. WongFu

    I've always enjoyed his films

    3 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  8. the MovieGhost

    Much love for Christopher Lee.

    3 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  9. incmob

    unfortunately it looks as though christopher lee will not have many more years left... and they will need to do some facial cg fixing in the hobbit for continuity's sake to match his appearance of TLOR.

    3 years agoby @incmobFlag

  10. Worth5Bucks

    @bawnian-dexeus yes yes very true.

    3 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @mattbierwagen Mhm. He looked in better shape back in the clone wars.

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  12. Worth5Bucks

    boy he's getting old :/

    3 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

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