By Eddy Montilla.
Knowing the news about the death of Sir Christopher Lee, the mass media was prompted to write about his accolades in front and behind the cameras: He appeared in more than 250 movies, a world champion fencer who did all of his own stunts, his Guinness World Record for being number one in terms of participating in more on-screen sword fights than any other actor, his ability to speak fluently in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, etc. With the use of the Internet, such articles can be written in less than 20 minutes and the journalist can be the first to carry the news. It is the way that journalists work (or are forced to work) these days: They hit the edge, but never the center.
Christopher Lee was a great actor because he belonged to the old school. He had roles in evil wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King (2003), Star Wars, episode II: Attack of the clones (2002), Jinnah (1997) etc., but the real greatness of this British actor can only be seen in one aspect that unfortunately has not been mentioned: People love heroes and hate villains. However, this screen legend was so good, perhaps unparalleled in his villainous roles that despite being the malefactor, he was beloved by all of us. Go back to the moment when he was playing Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) or Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster in the Hammer horror films, watch his piercing look, his imposing height (six feet five inches) and listen his resonant and stentorian voice. If you make me that favor, then, I can stop this article here and finish it with the same words I used in the title to pay tribute to this commendable actor, Sir Christopher Lee: Thank you, Sir.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.
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