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If Mr.Lee gave his blessing on Hollywood making a movie about his life based on his autobiography,who would you want to play him and why? Is there anyone who could play Mr.Lee and do him justice?



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Theresa
Interesting question,
it reminded me of a topic similar waaaaaay back, and came up with interesting ideas.
Here's the link from the old one
http://www.christopherleeweb.com/forums/generalised-topics-cl/30981-mr-lee-s-life-who-could-play-cl.html

It will be interesting to see what all the newer members come up with.

Cheers
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wow, can't think of anyone. but the real question should be, WHO WOULD BE TALL ENOUGH? Wink

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My vote would be for Daniel Day-Lewis.



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I have always liked Liam Neeson and thought he would be a very good choice to play my father (similar looks, same height and deep voice). I thought his make-up was very realistic in the TV-film "A Woman of Substance".



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Christina Lee;38897 wrote:
I have always liked Liam Neeson and thought he would be a very good choice to play my father (similar looks, same height and deep voice). I thought his make-up was very realistic in the TV-film "A Woman of Substance".

Hello everyone,

Haha, Christina! So my mother and I weren't the only ones who noticed that Liam Neeson bore a strong resemblance to Mr Lee in "A Woman of Substance" when Mr Neeson was made-up to play his character in older years. For those of you who haven't seen this Barbara Taylor Bradford adaptation, here is a screen capture shot of Liam Neeson:

Incidentally, the miniseries also features the late Barry Morse who plays a rather nasty servant character called Murgatroyd. I thought I would include a screen capture of him here:
Steering things back to the subject in hand, it's difficult to think of an actor who could do full justice to Mr Lee in a film based on his life. I'll give it some thought and see if anyone strikes me. Anyway, take care everyone:
Warmest regards,
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You are right Christina, Liam COULD play your father! I hope at some point down the road your father would give his blessing to having a movie based on his life made.There are so many sides to your father.His account of his service in WWII was fascinating.My father talks once in a while about his time in the Korean War and I have so many videos about the wars and what airplanes were used. Thanks for responding to my question.



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Hello Christina,
Hope I am not being too forward, I always feel a little awkward using first names, when I am a complete stranger.
Being fairly new on this site, this is also only the second time I have been able to read one of your posts.
Yes, I agree, Liam Neeson would be a very good choice, he is a fine actor.
As for Peter Cushing, What would you think of Christopher Eccleston. I believe he played the younger character of Peter Cushings in the most recent Star Wars film, right at the very end.
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Well, I grieve in this in three times:
For a Mr. much younger Lee- Little Nicky -high, he has something in the eyes that he reminds Mr. Lee, as well as in the lips and expressions when speaking. Excuse me I didn't find a better picture, that it makes more justice to my comment.
Resultados da Pesquisa de imagens do Google para http://i.imdb.com/Photos/Ss/0185431/8

For a Mr.Lee in the strip of the 40- Nicholas Cage (the City of the Angels). The hair and the mysterious air reminded me always Mr.Lee.
http://www.souromantico.blogger.com.br/Cidade%20dos%20Anjos.jpg
(Less similar and even with very different physicist, me also vote in Johnny Depp)

For the Mr. lee in the days today> You are certain Christina, this actor, Liam Neeson is perfect.

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Steve Thompson;38908 wrote:
As for Peter Cushing, What would you think of Christopher Eccleston. I believe he played the younger character of Peter Cushings in the most recent Star Wars film, right at the very end.
All the best.

Hello again,

Steve, it was Wayne Pygram who played "Governor Tarkin" (Peter Cushing's character) in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, not Christopher Eccleston, although I see how the two could easily be confused, as they do have a similar kind of face. Besides which, Tarkin's appearance in ROTS is of the "blink and you miss it" variety. In any case, Christopher Eccleston would be an interesting choice to play Peter Cushing (both actors share the distinction of having played "Doctor Who", which is a nice link). One actor I think would be able to play Peter Cushing is Christian Bale, as their physiques are somewhat similar. Who would play Vincent Price, I wonder...? This thread is raising a lot of curious questions. Take care everyone:

Warmest regards,

Andrés



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Andrés Verdú;38913 wrote:
Hello again,

Who would play Vincent Price, I wonder...? This thread is raising a lot of curious questions. Take care everyone:

Warmest regards,

Andrés

Well for Vincent Price I thought about this actor (Geoffrey Rush)
http://www.bocadoinferno.com/romepeige/filmes/C/col.jpg
Also Barbossa in Pirates from Caribbean.

I am owing a name of another actor to represent Peter Cushing. I need to agree with people mentioned above.

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Thanks for clearing that up Andres,
I can't remember where I got the, obviously incorrect information about Christopher Eccleston and Star Wars connection. And I have the film aswell. Some unreliable source in the pub one nght probably.
As for Christian Bale, your right he would be a good choice for the role. I consider him to be a very underated actor.
Another actor has just come to mind as a possible Peter Cushing.
Their is a very good English actor at the moment who is thought very well of, Michael Sheen. He played Kenneth Williams in a BBC production I believe and is probably better known for his role as the British primeminister, Tony Blair in the film, "The Queen" starring Helen Mirren.
He is an exceptional actor and seems to have the ability to transform himself, both physically and mentally into a role.
I agree with Isabel aswell, Geoffrey Rush would be ideal as Vincent Price.

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I forgot to add that Liam Neeson is an EXCEPTIONALLY fine actor.



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Haha, Christina! So my mother and I weren't the only ones who noticed that Liam Neeson bore a strong resemblance to Mr Lee in "A Woman of Substance"

Not to mention that he is a really great actor...I am convinced that if Mr. Lee had a saying, he would approve.



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Hello again,

I certainly agree, Liam Neeson is a brilliant actor, one of my favourites (and one of my father's favourites too). Touching on Steve and Isa's comments about Michael Sheen and Geoffrey Rush, for Peter Cushing and Vincent Price, respectively, I can definitely see both of them in the roles. Another thought which just occurred to me: how about John Hurt for Peter Cushing in older years? Anyway, take care:

Warmest regards,

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Honestly, I don`t know but a very interesting question...is there anyone you can compare to Mr Lee??? Not easy....

Nicolas Cage, playing the younger Mr Lee, would be nice. I do agree with Isabel...but that is all I can think of at moment.

I am happy I don`t have to make a decision about that!



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Either Liam Neeson, Nicolas Cage (Lee and Cage look quite similiar) or Johnny Depp for Mr. Lee. As for Peter Cushing, I'd say Christopher Eccleston for sure, and Michael York for Mr. Price. Mr. York just needs to grow the beard I think. But that's all I can think of. I'll get back on this when I've had more time to decide who would fit what part best.



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I recorded a detective drama last week and have just finished watching it. The first one of a serial. It is called "Lewis". This is a british production based on the character that was introduced to us via "Morse".
Have a look at it, if you can. The actor (Lawrence Fox) who plays Hathaway, Lewis's side kick, I think bears a strong resemblence to a young Mr Lee. Not only in looks, but physically and vocally. I only really know him from this production, so I am not that sure of his acting range. But he certainly seems competent enough in this part. Some people might know him through his recent marriage to Billie Piper.
Just a thought.
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David Clayton;38934 wrote:
Either Liam Neeson, Nicolas Cage (Lee and Cage look quite similiar) or Johnny Depp for Mr. Lee (snip)

...uh... I hate to rain on the fantasy casting, but you'd need Depp, Cage, and Liam Neeson all to play Mr. Lee through his career! (And the bad news would be, they'd all need lifts and steriods to even vaguely resemble him!) Although, I noticed Nick Cage in "Ghost Rider" that he has those long, double-jointed, spider-leg fingers like Mr. Lee (see any shot of Saruman and Palantir to see what I mean).

Never mind a movie based on Mr. Lee's life--he's not dead yet! What kind of script could get Nick Cage and Christopher Lee in the same movie? (and no, do not say yet another remake of "Wicker Man"!) Weird would be cool, and something funny. I adore Mr. Lee's work, but there are many fans who want to see him in just horror-genre roles, and I think there's vast potential for him to do something completely different... hmm, something with music, maybe? Yeah, Mr. Lee as an opera singer... give me a few minutes with this... how about a romantic comedy with music, and Mr. Lee as the romantic leading man?

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You all have good choices as to who could play Mr.Lee at various ages and for those who he worked with throughout his career. Movies are made all the time based on someone's autobiography whether or not they are still alive.For instance,Johnny Cash was very much involved in the WALK THE LINE movie and continued to do so until his death. This is why I brought up the subject of a movie based on Mr.Lee's life while he is still alive and could give his insight to the movie's cast and crew.



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Stephanie Kwandrans;38949 wrote:
Never mind a movie based on Mr. Lee's life--he's not dead yet!

Well, that is rather the point of this thread, and I don't think the subject necessarily has to be dead in order to make a biopic. In fact, it's done all the time: Sophia Loren, for one, who played both herself and her own mother in the film of her life story.

Stephanie Kwandrans;38949 wrote:
I adore Mr. Lee's work, but there are many fans who want to see him in just horror-genre roles, and I think there's vast potential for him to do something completely different... hmm, something with music, maybe? Yeah, Mr. Lee as an opera singer... give me a few minutes with this... how about a romantic comedy with music, and Mr. Lee as the romantic leading man?

Then people ought to take a look at Mr Lee's career in the past thirty or more years: Julius Caesar, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, Hannie Caulder, The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, The Man with the Golden Gun, Airport '77, Bear Island, 1941, Serial, The Return of Captain Invincible, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Death Train, A Feast at Midnight, Police Academy: Mission to Moscow, Moses, "Ivanhoe", Jinnah, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Pope John Paul II... to name but a mere few. Vast potential to do something completely different? One would have to be extremely inattentive not to notice such breadth and sheer diversity in an actor's artistic achievements. And that's barely scratching the surface. I suspect that those who want to see Mr Lee only in "horror" films are probably people who watch very little else. I do like the idea of a musical romantic comedy, though. Anyway, take care everyone:

Warmest regards,

Andrés



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This is a fascinating thread and there have been many great choices to play the part of Mr Lee - Liam Neeson and Nicholas Cage especially. I also like Steve's idea of Michael Sheen playing Peter Cushing (there is a definite likeness there) and Isabel's choice for Vincent Price - Geoffrey Rush.

My casting choice for Mr Lee would be British actor Nathaniel Parker, best known for playing the lead role in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries on television. I'm not sure he is as tall as Mr Lee but there is a likeness there and he brings a similar elegance to his roles.

For those not familiar with him, here he is

Nathaniel Parker

I also have an idea for Peter Cushing - how about current Doctor Who David Tennant? There is a physical resemblance there and also he would be able to bring that slight air of eccentricity that Mr Cushing sometimes displayed in his roles.

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What about Michael Wincott? He played rochefort in disney´s The Three Musketeeers (1993)

Wincott



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Dear Covadonga, I think agree with you about actor Michael Wincott! Maybe is the "face" to interpret Mr Lee´s life! You do it well, my dear!

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David Clayton;38934 wrote:
...and Michael York for Mr. Price. Mr. York just needs to grow the beard I think...

Hi!

A couple of years ago I've seen a horror movie called "House on Haunted Hill", a spiced-up re-make of an old black-and-white movie with Vincent Price. In the new movie Geoffrey Rush was playing a character named "Stephen Price" and had worn the appropriate moustache. I really had to look twice to make sure it wasn't Vincent Price!

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When I started this thread,I had no idea it would create such chatter.I'm glad to see you guys like the idea and are dicussing who could play Mr.Lee and company at various stages in their lives and careers. Take care!



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This is a great idea. Firstly there are very few actors who have the "presence" that Mr. Lee commands. only Ian Mackellan, among his LOTR costars rivalled the power of Mr. Lee. As an aside, both were perfect cast for thier roles but anyway. Who would play John carridine (since we must use all the great masters who appeared in that flop of a film) As for whom would play Mr. Lee, I really can't think of any. Maybe Depp.. but he'd have to be wearing LOTs of Makeup..



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¿Y Boris Karloff?



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how about making it now...christopher lee could play the majority of it now.
he doesnt look his age and also with a little bit of make up he could still be convincing as a very much younger man.
i would still like to see the film Dracula done sticking to the script with christopher lee playing the lead. he could easily still play the part.
why has'nt anyone just done it...what a crime.



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Daniela Parsons;38925 wrote:
Honestly, I don`t know but a very interesting question...is there anyone you can compare to Mr Lee??? Not easy....

Nicolas Cage, playing the younger Mr Lee, would be nice. I do agree with Isabel...but that is all I can think of at moment.

I am happy I don`t have to make a decision about that!

Hi Daniela
I agree about Nicholas Cage playing the younger Mr Lee.
They both look idententical in a suit don't they?



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Hello, I'm new so first off, Hello everybody,
Anyway, Liam Neeson would be perfect. In Star Wars 1 Mr. Neeson played Qui-Gon. In Ep 2, Dooku was revealed as Qui-Gon's master, so there is a connection to that movie.
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