Sir Christopher Lee honored with film award

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee at the Berlin International Film Festival 2013

Sir Christopher Lee has dazzled moviegoers with his villainous roles as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings movies, Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels, and several Tim Burton films like Sleepy Hollow. The 91-year-old actor was finally honored for his lifetime of work at the London Film Festival, where his old friend Johnny Depp surprised him by showing up with the British Institute Fellowship award.

In response, Lee tearfully said, “I didn’t know you were going to be here. I must try and pull myself together.” The actor has racked up over 250 screen credits, and Depp described the opportunity to surprise his buddy as a “great honour.” Depp has always felt “fascinated and inspired” by Lee, who he believes is “a very great man.”

Depp, talking about his relationship with Lee, explains, “He’s been a wonderful individual and over the years I’ve had the pleasure of working with him and it has been a childhood dream come true. But as great as it is to work with him, that pleasure doesn’t compare with getting to know him and being able to count him as a true friend. A national treasure and a genuine artist. I love ya!”

Featured image courtesy of Star Wars. Image of Christopher Lee at the Berlin International Film Festival courtesy of Avda on Wikipedia.