Christopher Lee has been a living legend longer than many of us have been alive, and what better time to check in with the actor than during the Halloween holiday? Today the actor reflected on his career, past and present, while weighing in on the state of modern horror.
CNN got some face time with the actor, who had this to say about the current state of the genre: “I find it quite nauseating what they do,” Lee told CNN. “The blood is all over the screen like an avalanche — the mutilation — dreadful things, and I just don’t enjoy that.”
But that’s not stopping Lee from getting back into the genre – with the newly reformed Hammer Studios, no less! This spring we’ll be able to catch him in Hammer’s The Resident alongside Hilary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. For Lee, it was surprising to come back under the Hammer banner: “I’m not going to go into it, but take it from me, they ruined it,” he says of his last Hammer film, bizarre 1976 cult classic ‘To the Devil a Daughter’.
Included in his legion of fans is Lee’s co-star Morgan, who says he “hit the ceiling with excitement” when he found out Lee was joining the cast. Morgan told CNN: “He’s got this kind of dignity to him that’s just great. I work with so many actors that don’t have respect for what we do, or respect for the history of what we do, and not only does he respect it, but he is a part of the history of this craft.”
Lee’s personal favorite film role was in 1973’s The Wicker Man, which he calls “the best picture I’ve ever done. They didn’t have to look for me to play the part; they wrote the part for me,” which doesn’t happen very often, he said.
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