Film Characters You Wish Mr Lee Had Played

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I was watching a movie last night,which is one of my all time favourite movies to watch.It is called: Night Of The Demon,In America,it is called: Curse Of The Demon ( which is the cut version ).
I know the story is about an American Doctor,who is a skeptic about Devils and Demons,so involves an American Actor and a very much American language script involving the American actor: Dana Andrews.
I cannot help but wish,every time i watch the movie,that the character of Dr John Holden ( Dana Andrews ),was played by Mr Lee,and with an English Language Script.I think it would have been the perfect role for Mr Lee,in the same vein as The Magnificently Portrayed Duc De Richleau,in the film: The Devil Rides Out.
As a little side line,if the film: Night Of The Demon was re made now,i think Mr Lee would make a magnificent Dr Julian Karswell ( the devil worshipper in the movie ).

Does anybody else know of a film character,that they dearly wished Mr Lee had played,and the script altered for Mr Lee?



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I have always thought Mr Lee would have made a marvellous Captain Hook. Unfortunately, by the time Steven Spielberg made Hook, Mr Lee was probably a bit too old for the part.

Still, in his younger days, it would have been a part tailor-made for him.

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I was just replying in another thread about Disney movies,and i mention a film that i would love to have seen Mr Lee play the title role in.The film is called: The Scarecrow Of Romney Marsh,and i would have loved it if Mr Lee had been asked to play the role of The Scarecrow,although Patrick McGoohan does do an excellent job as The Scarecrow.Mr Lee's voice,to my mind,would have been better when The Scarecrow was bellowing orders and threats.There is a scene when The Scarecrow *Pretends* to hang a fellow smuggler for being a betrayer of the smuggling gang,in order to enforce his authority and create more fear of him amongst the gang,in an old wooden barn.The Scarecrow Laughs loud and manically,in this scene,as well as other scenes.It is that loud manic laugh that needs The Mr Christopher Lee Touch to my mind.Mr Lee would have added such intenseness and depth to the manic laugh.Mr Lee's height would have added so much more terror,intimidation and mystery to the character of The Scarecrow aswell.



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I think Christopher Lee would've made a creat Captain of the ship in Titanic.... But the actor who did the role was also VERY CONVINCING! Lee would've been great in Titanic.... Cheerio...

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Everyone has such great thoughts they are sharing on this subject; interesting choices!!!!!!!

Hmmmm.......This is a tough one for me........I am still holding out hope for 'Don Quixote'.....and though I really like James Mason's performance in Jules Verne's 20,000 leagues under the sea; I always thought Mr. Lee would make a great Captain Nemo..........I guess another one would be based on Mr. Lee's vocal abilities (Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale); I would love to hear him perform all of the parts to an animated version of JRR Tolkien's Roverandom (Mr. Lee would be brilliant performing all three of the wizards parts!).........And even though the last isn't a 'film' part........I would love to hear/see Mr. Lee perform in an Opera........

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I just got done doing "Jesus Christ Superstar", a rock opera about the final days of Christ, and there is a lovely Bass part and a very ominous part too: Caiaphas the Elder.

They recently did a made for TV version of the film and I can just hear Mr. Lee's lovely basso voice performing the role. Plus, Mr. Lee is the right age range for an elder/high priest.

I also like the Captain Hook idea Smile (not to overlook the ideas of others)



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ZORRO!
Mr. Lee should have represented Zorro!

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Isabel Alves;41158 wrote:
ZORRO!
Mr. Lee should have represented Zorro!

Agreed!

I think he would've been great as a villain of some kind in the original Star Wars films. (Perhaps the unmasked Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi)

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I have mentioned it before but I would have LOVED it if Mr Lee had played the part of English Bob in Clint Eastwoods Unforgiven.
Don't get me wrong , I thought Richard Harris was brilliant but it would have been great to see my two favourite actors on screen together and in such a tterrific movie.



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Matt Gemmell;41190 wrote:
I have mentioned it before but I would have LOVED it if Mr Lee had played the part of English Bob in Clint Eastwoods Unforgiven.
Don't get me wrong , I thought Richard Harris was brilliant but it would have been great to see my two favourite actors on screen together and in such a tterrific movie.

Absolutely Matt - that really would have been something! I still harbour hopes of these two screen legends appearing in the same film but as time passes the chances of that happening grow less and less.

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Matt Gemmell;41190 wrote:
I have mentioned it before but I would have LOVED it if Mr Lee had played the part of English Bob in Clint Eastwoods Unforgiven.
Don't get me wrong , I thought Richard Harris was brilliant but it would have been great to see my two favourite actors on screen together and in such a tterrific movie.

Oh yeah! Fantastic. Mr. Lee would be great in a western like Unforgiven or the recent Appaloosa.

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I would've really liked to see him play the role of Dr. Loomis on the original Halloween.



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I would've really liked to see him play the role of Dr. Loomis on the original Halloween.

Agreed. It was offered to him and he refused. I don't know if he regrets that decision but I know I do. Having said that, you've got to love Pleasance.



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I love to see Christopher read the black book of horror stories on the paranormal channel.

I can picture him sitting by the fireside with the book right now.



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Two things: 1.) Richard Harris was GREAT as English Bob in "Unforgiven." 2.) The part of 'Loomis' in 1978 was agreed by Don Pleasence for only 20 G's.. The budget for the '78 "Halloween" film was not very high... STILL! The film is a cult classic, and a personal favorite of mine.....

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EXTRA: I'm not sure what Cushing or Lee didn't like about the film... Was it the lousy 20 G's??



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Bill. I agree about Harris but this is just a bit of fun. A wish list if you will.
Lee didn't like the characterisation of Loomis at the time, hence his refusal and Cushing wasn't willing to travel to the US at that time in his life.
As far as I'm aware money had nothing to do with it.



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Matt Gemmell;41218 wrote:
As far as I'm aware money had nothing to do with it.

That sounds right to me, Matt. I also doubt that money would have played that much of a factor, if at all, in either Mr Lee or Mr Cushing's decision not to accept the role of Dr Loomis. Let us not forget that Mr Lee appeared in both The Wicker Man and A Feast at Midnight absolutely free of charge, because he knew that had he taken the fee that he would have been entitled to, then there would have been no money to make the films themselves. Unfortunately, such is often the case with low budget productions. I think therefore that this in itself proves that Mr Lee would have been willing to work on the film had he seen enough merit in the character, regardless of money.

Having said all this, I think that Donald Pleasence was outstanding as Dr Loomis, and I cannot easily see anyone else in the role. Malcolm McDowell was okay in the remake, I suppose, but, for me, he didn't have the same kind of impact as Donald Pleasence did. Then again, I don't particularly care for the recent offerings of remakes that Hollywood has given us. It was interesting to see Udo Kier in the newer version, though. Take care:

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Having said all this, I think that Donald Pleasence was outstanding as Dr Loomis, and I cannot easily see anyone else in the role. Malcolm McDowell was okay in the remake, I suppose, but, for me, he didn't have the same kind of impact as Donald Pleasence did. Then again, I don't particularly care for the recent offerings of remakes that Hollywood has given us. It was interesting to see Udo Kier in the newer version, though. Take care:

Warmest regards,

Andrés

Agreed ! I don't mind remakes as such. If they're good then it's a bonus but i can view most of them as a curiosity. Theatre productions are performed time and time again with a new cast so I don't mind the same being done with movies.
When they're bad like the recent Wicker Man affront, they don't harm the original and even if they're good like the new Hills Have Eyes they create interest in the older version.
I did think Malcolm McDowell was awful and that surprised me as he's normally so reliable. Aws far as Udo Kier is concerned, I'm always delighted to see him on screen.
The bottom line is Pleasance IS Dr Loomis, he created a memorable character which no one can match up to. It would still have been interesting to see an alternate universe where Mr lee had a stab at it ( pun intended )

Going back to the main theme of this thread, I've always loved The Wild Geese and it would have been very cool if Mr Lee had played the Hardy Kruger part. Just imagine, Lee, Burton, Moore and Harris together. Plus what a poster !!



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Matt Gemmell;41223 wrote:
Having said all this, I think that Donald Pleasence was outstanding as Dr Loomis, and I cannot easily see anyone else in the role. Malcolm McDowell was okay in the remake, I suppose, but, for me, he didn't have the same kind of impact as Donald Pleasence did. Then again, I don't particularly care for the recent offerings of remakes that Hollywood has given us. It was interesting to see Udo Kier in the newer version, though. Take care:

Warmest regards,

Andrés

Agreed ! I don't mind remakes as such. If they're good then it's a bonus but i can view most of them as a curiosity. Theatre productions are performed time and time again with a new cast so I don't mind the same being done with movies.
When they're bad like the recent Wicker Man affront, they don't harm the original and even if they're good like the new Hills Have Eyes they create interest in the older version.
I did think Malcolm McDowell was awful and that surprised me as he's normally so reliable. As far as Udo Kier is concerned, I'm always delighted to see him on screen.
The bottom line is Pleasance IS Dr Loomis, he created a memorable character which no one can match up to. It would still have been interesting to see an alternate universe where Mr lee had a stab at it ( pun intended )

Going back to the main theme of this thread, I've always loved The Wild Geese and it would have been very cool if Mr Lee had played the Hardy Kruger part. Just imagine, Lee, Burton, Moore and Harris together. Plus what a poster !!



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Before he was cast (and then later, cut) as another character in the film, I was really hoping that Mr. Lee would have played Judge Turpin in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Alan Rickman in the role, but before he was cast, I had my heart set on Mr. Lee playing that part.



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Me parece que el Señor Lee hubiera hecho un maravilloso Abraham Lincoln.
Además, creo recordar que en un libro sobre la biografía de Abraham Lincoln (lo leí hace muchos, muchos años) decía que el Señor Lincoln estaba orgulloso de ser de gran estatura. Por esta y otras razones creo que Sir Christopher Lee hubiera estado muy bien en el personaje de Abraham Lincoln.



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Great idea, my dear Luzmila! I have one: I would like that Sir Christopher Lee have played the role of actor John Nettleton (The gendarme) on the FANTASTIC movie called And Soon the Darkness (1970). Do you see it? It´s one of my favority movies!!!

Check a lok on the trailer: YouTube - And Soon the Darkness (trailer)

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Hi Christian. I too am a fan of this film. I saw it for the first time many years ago, when I must have been in my teens and I remember, very well, the feeling of suspense and foreboding it managed to get across. I really felt for the two main characters in it, although they were not without their faults.
I keep meaning to get it on DVD.

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My dear Steve let me help you! You can buy this FANTASTIC, AMAZING and WONDERFUL movie on:

Amazon.com: and soon the darkness dvd - DVD: Movies & TV

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Hola Christian. La película And Soon Darkness no la he visto.
También creo que el Señor Lee hubiera estado perfecto para "Mandrake el Mago" y "Martin Hel".
Matin Hel es de una historieta Argentina. A lo mejor lo conoces.



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My dear: you must see And Soon Darkness(1970) because this movie is juts GREAR! After that, You´ll see the "change" that I'm saying, respect to Mr. Lee.

Good ideas you have! "Martin Hel" (as one "Robin Hood?"?) I don´t know his story...
Do you want hear another CL´s caracterer from me? I w´d liked that Mr. Lee plays the role of actress Uta Hagen (Ada -change for "ADO"- Ada is the grandmother of mischievous children) in the movie The Other (1972). Do you see this movie? Wow! Well, if You don´t...You should it! Just only a GREAT movie! I saw it when I was a child and produce on me a terrible impression! Last weekend, finally I saw The Other one more time! Just Heaven!!!
Check at look on the trailer:

All the best, my dear!

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I am somewhat surprised that Sir Lee hasn't/wasn't offered a role in any of the Harry Potter films.

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Brandon Jones;43214 wrote:
I am somewhat surprised that Sir Lee hasn't/wasn't offered a role in any of the Harry Potter films.

I agree with you.
Leaning that he could be in The Pirates of the caribe, with Johnny Depp.
I always thought that Mr Lee was well put in pirates' films.
In fact, I bought of Amazon The Devil Ship of Pirates, however I didn't receive the film... and the worst this already passed of the maximum date of the delivery of the product... leaning that will have to order the film of another place. Lamentable this. I am anxious to review captain Robelles
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 I always wish he'd played

 I always wish he'd played Robert Thorn in 'The Omen' - Gregory Peck did a terrific job but I still think it would have been a perfect role for Sir Christopher. As well as that Dr. Loomis in Halloween would have been very interesting to see. 



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I know this may sound a

I know this may sound a little off the wall, but I`d love to see Mr. Lee in a episode of the very long running British comedy series `The Last of the Summer Wine`. But if there was a modern movie it`s a shame he wasn`t cast as Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series.



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I always wished they'd made a

I always wished they'd made a proper Dracula film... I haven't seen every Dracula movie Lee has been in, but from what I gather by far the closest to the novel is Jess Franco's version and that even that didn't quite make it. I know Lee himself has said he'd love to have just once got the opportunity to play the part as it was written (and maybe have a lot more screen time than he did in the Hammer set).

Here's one I'd never thought of until my sister mentioned it, and since she did I can't imagine why I hadn't thought of it before. Christopher Lee would have made a brilliant Heathcliff for Wuthering Heights, which is a favourite novel of mine (I have a penchant for the Gothic style) and which in my opinion hasn't been made into the "right" film yet. Physically, he's perfect for the role - very tall, athletic and aristocratic, with dark colouring and the appearance of a Gypsy. It would have been similar to Kurt Menliff in "La Frusta e il Corpo", I'd imagine. It's near impossible hard to find somebody who fits Heathcliff's description AND could also play the part of such an intense character in a credible fashion.

EDIT: I think Lee is the perfect age now and the perfect actor to play the eponymous "Uncle Silas" by J.S. LeFanu, an excellent 19th century supernatural chiller.

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