Christopher Lee (a fans tale part 2)

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Part 2

Back track a couple of paces to where I met Juan in the line, something I forgot to mention, just slipped my mind.

For a joke Juan had asked if he could slip a photo of Dracula in with my drawings to see what reaction Mr. Lee would have. Yeah, right, ok I'll do that for a laugh, I asked him to go and find a cape too and I'll flap my way over to the table and ask if he would sign my crucifix ...in blood. Juan, always the joker, up for anything, funny thing is, I think he would have gone through with it if I agreed.

Back to the story;

This all takes place in about 1-2 minutes, but seemed like a lifetime.

So there I was, face to face with Mr. Lee, as usual, gob smacked, wanting to say something, even thought it would have to be short because of a time issue and all the other people waiting to get their items signed. Say
something, I kept saying to my self, say something, it



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Ah, Colin, I've been waiting for part two eagerly, and now it's here! All I can say is: Oh dear! I remember hearing some of what you have described as I was walking away towards the end of the room where the chairs were. I wasn't sure who the poor person was, but I remember thinking to myself "Oh no... Someone's brought one of the items that was on the list of things not to bring!" I didn't know it was you, Colin! Perhaps if Mr Lee had known in advance about the drawing, or recognised it as the one you had drawn as a gift to him, then he might well have approved it.

But "every cloud has a silver lining", as the wise saying goes, and you were able to have your drawing of Mr Lee signed by the man himself in person! I'm sure that more than made up for the temporary embarrassment you suffered! I remember something similar happening on the Heathrow event in 2004, where Mr Lee had (allegedly) refused to sign anything in the name of any of the characters he has played (a couple of people were talking amongst themselves repeating what Mr Lee has supposedly said: "My name isn't Count Dooku, or Saruman, or Scaramanga, it's Christopher Lee." Which, assuming what they said is true, is quite right, and perfectly reasonable too I think).

Well, this second part of your account also reminds me about what happened to me this time round during the impromptu Q&A session. I find it rather difficult speaking in public, even under normal circumstances, let alone in front of Mr Lee, but I wanted to ask my question about M R James. Or rather, what I wanted to know was whether Mr Lee found it easier to play someone he'd actually known in life. Well, of course, my question went completely awry. Here's a brief run down of the exchange (with great liberties taken over the exact words used, I'm sure, and with observations in square brackets):

Me: You starred in a series of episodes for the BBC called "Ghost Stories for Christmas-"
Mr Lee: [cutting me short] It wasn't a series, was it?
Me: they released it as a kind of series... [or miniseries, which was the word I should have used!]... Where you played someone who you once knew, M R James-
Mr Lee: Well, I met him once. I didn't really play M R James because he was clean-shaven and I had a beard... [someone should have told that to the BBC, because the way they filmed it, the introductory voiceover says "Montague Rhodes James, Provost of Kings..." etc. etc. right on a close-up of Mr Lee, suggesting to the viewer that he is playing M R James. Anyway, Jonathan Rigby's book cites Mr Lee's role as "The Antiquary", which is probably how Mr Lee himself envisaged the character, as someone like M R James, which is also what he said in his answer to my question - Trust the BBC to make me mess up in front of Mr Lee - :rolleyes: That's my story and I'm sticking to it].

How I ever managed to finish off my question is beyond me! I was sure everyone was looking at me and wondering why I'd chosen such a silly thing to ask. To be honest, though, Mr Lee did give a very good answer to my question, and so I found out something I wasn't really aware of beforehand. Anyway, maybe I got away with it after all... Or I did until I wrote this down! :embarasse :damnmate:

Well, I've wandered away from what I wanted to say, which is many thanks indeed Colin for sharing part two of your account of the Heathrow 2007 "Revelation and Celebration" event with us. I'm off now to write a letter of complaint to the BBC about how they misled me on the "Ghost Stories for Christmas" question! :stupido: Here's to the next event! I very much hope we'll all be able to make it, Colin. Take care everyone, and God bless:

Warmest regards,

Andrés



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Don't be embarresed Colin. You are a gentleman.
I remember back in 2001 when I had bought a small re-produced poster of "Taste the blood of Dracula" in Covent Garden the same day as the Event in Barbican and Juan suggested I should get it signed. I didn't fall for that. Thank godness. Now that the drawing is signed it's priceless.



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Colin
Thank You for not only taking the time out of your busy schedule (Hope the thumb is better) but for also sharing part 2 with us.

Congratulations on having your artwork signed. It is such a great pleasure to visit your website and view your art.

Cheers,Wink
Helen

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Colin, me leaning that you did very well, after all, and you only had to win tends your work signed by Mr. Lee.
Andrés you also if it felt going through a "hard times", but was everything solved... and me? I am wondering how it would be if I was in front of Mr. Lee. Probably my legs would be immobile and I would be stopped in the place, locked voice, locked question... finally.. it is never known which would be our reaction due to such emotion... even so I still want to run this risk... if I paralyze, some I become friends will help, with certainty... hi,hi,hi.... :biggrin:

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Colin,

Why do you think that each time you meet Mr. Lee, you legs get shaking in the first 30 seconds and as soon as his first words come out, you have this urge of wanting the floor to collapse under you so that you can make a quick exit?:biggrin:



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Admin;35366 wrote:
Colin,

Why do you think that each time you meet Mr. Lee, you legs get shaking in the first 30 seconds and as soon as his first words come out, you have this urge of wanting the floor to collapse under you so that you can make a quick exit?:biggrin:

When I met Mr Lee for the first time at The Barbican for the screening Of Jinnah, I was very nervous, but you were there for me, when I met him for the screening of Nothing but the nightmy nerves had not dissapeared, again, you were there, when I met him at your house, naturally you were there, I was a bundle of nerves with Matt, when I met him at the signing of the dvd, you were there, and this time at the Heathrow event, you were there. Do you see some sort of a pattern here Juan? it's not Mr. Lee I'm nervous around, it's you!!:biggrin:



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Who wouldn't be nervous around him Colin. Next time tell him to get on the buss home and get back when you leave. :biggrin:



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Colin Bushby;35388 wrote:
I was a bundle of nerves with Matt, when I met him at the signing of the dvd,

Nervous meeting me !!! surely not.Now Juan, that's a different story :adore:



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Re: Christopher Lee (a fans tale part 2)

I am not sure if you were aware but at my house, we played a joke on you to make you shake a bit. Mr. Lee knew all along you were going to be there because I told him but I also told him that he should scare you.

At Heathrow it was a joke too, only Mr. Lee didn't know when he should stop and at the end, I had no idea if he was joking or being serious. It was a joke that went wrong but went right but went wrong, depending on how you look at it. Not sure if he was playing a joke on the both of us for that matter

You were aware of that, right?



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Re: Christopher Lee (a fans tale part 2)

I am not sure if you were aware but at my house, we played a joke on you to make you shake a bit. Mr. Lee knew all along you were going to be there because I told him but I also told him that he should scare you.

At Heathrow it was a joke too, only Mr. Lee didn't know when he should stop and at the end, I had no idea if he was joking or being serious. It was a joke that went wrong but went right but went wrong, depending on how you look at it. Not sure if he was playing a joke on the both of us for that matter.

You were aware of that, right?



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I am not sure if you were aware but at my house, we played a joke on you to make you shake a bit. Mr. Lee knew all along you were going to be there because I told him but I also told him that he should scare you.

Great, I'll mention that to my psychiatrist, next visit. It might cut the session down from 2 hours to 1 .:shot:

Cheers
Colin.



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I was a bundle of nerves with Matt, when I met him at the signing of the dvd

Matt Gemmell.;35391 wrote:
Nervous meeting me !!! surely not.Now Juan, that's a different story :adore:

LOL Matt, there should have been a full stop after your name. Then I was refering to Mr. Lee.

Cheers
Colin.

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