Yesterday, we reported the sad news that beloved icon Christopher Lee had passed away at the age of 93. Tributes to the late actor from his co-stars, friends and family popped up throughout the day, including one from filmmaker Peter Jackson. The director cast Christopher Lee as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which jump started his career renaissance throughout the early 21st Century. Christopher Lee also ended up reprising that role in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. Take a look at director Peter Jackson's touching tribute to Christopher Lee, which he posted on his Facebook page yesterday.
"It is with tremendous sadness that I learnt of the passing of Sir Christopher Lee. He was 93 years old, had not been in his usual good health for some time, but his spirit remained, as always, indomitable. Christopher spoke seven languages; he was in every sense, a man of the world; well versed in art, politics, literature, history and science. He was scholar, a singer, an extraordinary raconteur and of course, a marvelous actor. One of my favourite things to do whenever I came to London would be to visit with Christopher and Gitte where he would regale me for hours with stories about his extraordinary life. I loved to listen to them and he loved to tell them - they were made all the more compelling because they were true - stories from his time with the SAS, through the Second World War, to the Hammer Horror years and later, his work with Tim Burton - of which he was enormously proud. I was lucky enough to work with Chris on five films all told and it never ceased to be a thrill to see him on set. I remember him saying on my 40th Birthday (he was 80 at the time), 'You're half the man I am.' Being half the man Christopher Lee is, is more than I could ever hope for. He was a true gentleman, in an era that no longer values gentleman. I grew up loving Christopher Lee movies. For most of my life I was enthralled by the great iconic roles he not only created - but continued to own decades later. But somewhere along the way Christopher Leesuddenly, and magically, dissolved away and he became my friend, Chris. And I loved Chris even more. There will never be another Christopher Lee. He has a unique place in the history of cinema and in the hearts of millions of fans around the world. The world will be a lesser place without him in it. My deepest sympathies to Gitte and to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Chris. An icon of cinema has passed into legend."
As we continue to mourn the loss of Christopher Lee, which role of his stood out for you the most? Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies? Count Dooku in Star Wars? Frankenstein's monster in The Curse of Frankenstein? Let us know what you think below.