Christopher Lee talks The Hobbit, "which I hope I live to see"

We can't think of a better way to kick off the New Year than with a video message from the legendary Christopher Lee, who remains as busy as ever as he approaches his 90th birthday.

Sir Christopher took to YouTube to post a two-part Christmas message to his fans and followers, with the first part focusing on his recent film work. With his 90th birthday approaching on May 27, the great British star has no less than four films that he's appearing in this year. One, Hugo, is already out, while The Wicker Tree—a follow-up to the 1973 horror classic The Wicker Man—is still awaiting a release date.

Lee also has a small role in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, which comes out on May 11, but his most eagerly anticipated appearance has to be in December's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, in which he reprises the role of Saruman the White.

The actor reveals that he's completed his scenes for An Unexpected Journey and the second part, 2013's There and Back Again, both of which, he says candidly, "I hope I live to see." Lee admits that at his advanced age he only takes small parts requiring just a few days of shooting.

Perhaps for the benefit of his fans who are not familiar with The Hobbit, Lee adds, "What is extremely important is that in these two films, which of course are long before Lord of the Rings ... Saruman, who I play again, is indeed still Saruman the White, but he is a good and noble man, and the head of the Council of Wizards, as he always was."

You can find a bit more in the video about his other roles, and there's also a second part in which he speaks about some personal accomplishments outside acting. Age has certainly slowed Lee down, but he's as sharp as ever and still has that unmistakable voice. We hope Sir Christopher gets to see both parts of The Hobbit as well—and is around with us for a long time to come.

(via Ain't It Cool News)

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