Sadly one of cinema’s finest actors ALBERT FINNEY has died aged 82 – his movie roles range from the likes of Tom Jones, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, George in Alan Parker’s brilliant & possibly my favourite Finney movie Shoot the Moon, Leo O’Bannon in gangster thriller Millers Crossing, Geoffrey Firmin in Under the Volcano, Ed Masey in Erin Brockovich and Bloom Snr in Tim Burton’s magical Big Fish and so many more – Albert Finney made a name for himself as an outstanding character actor, one that could play a mean bastard, a great detective, a prime minister and a loving father – he was loved by his peers and will be missed by all who love movies.
SAD NEWS the legendary Christopher Lee has died in hospital aged 93
I first became aware of Christopher Lee watching as a youngster them old Hammer Horror movies, sat there gripping a pillow or anything I could get my hands on, pulling it tight to my chest, my eyes squinting with my mouth agape waiting for this dark looming figure to appear out of the shadows, he was the master of the macabre, he used them deep vocals, that tall stature and them dark piercing eyes to great effect usually to scare the holy moly out of me – Lee was perfect in portraying the villain, that menacing screen presence of his allowed him much work in the 60’s and 70’s with characters such as Dracula, The Creature, Fu Manchu, Rasputin, Lord SummerIsle, and Scaramanga
But remarkably when Christopher Lee reached his mid 70s instead of settling for his lot and basking in the glories of yesteryear his career saw a huge resurgence, spawning a new audience, Lee began the next and possibly most fruitful chapter of his career, teaming up with Tim Burton on 5 of his movies, George Lucas on two of his Star Wars movies playing the Evil Jedi Count Dooku and playing the wizard Saruman for Peter Jackson in Lord of the Rings – he was no longer only recognized for being Count Dracula but had a young fan base and one that he embraced with the grace of a champion
With a career that started back in the 1940’s and with over 200 movies under his belt it’s now time to say farewell to the Prince of Darkness
Thanks for the Nightmares Christopher Lee