Celebrity Deathwatch 2015 #0088

Christopher Lee, 93, played Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, Scaramanga in The Man With the Golden Gun, Count Dooku in Star Wars II&III, the voice of Death in some animated Discworld movies that I did not know existed until just now, Dracula, etc.  Also fought with the SAS during WWII and hunted Nazi war criminals after the war.

Filming a scene in Return of the King (seen only in the extended version), when Grima Wormtongue (Brad Dourif) stabs Saruman in the back on top of the tower, Christopher Lee corrected Peter Jackson on the fact that when a person is stabbed in the back of the chest, they do not scream (as the director wanted), in fact the air is pushed out of their lungs and they “groan” with an exhalation of air, very quietly, as their lungs have been punctured.

From Peter Jackson’s DVD commentary: “When I was shooting the stabbing shot with Christopher, as a director would, I was explaining to him what he should do… And he says, ‘Peter, have you ever heard the sound a man makes when he’s stabbed in the back?’ And I said, ‘Um, no.’ And he says ‘Well, I have, and I know what to do.’”

Fucks given: All of them.