Today I Met Saruman

Christopher Lee as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings

Christopher Lee is one of the most recognizable actors of all time, famous for his roles as Dracula in Dracula, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings, Count Dooku in Star wars, to name but a few of his 275 parts in films since 1947. (He holds the Guinness World Record for most film roles ever.)

Yes, that’s right, Sir Christopher Lee (yep, he’s been knighted too) has had an acting career that has spanned 6 decades. And he still hasn’t stopped; he’s now 89 years old, but he has done 5 more roles in films coming out in the next few years – including the two Hobbit films!

Today I was honored to attend a talk he gave in UCD on behalf of the UCD Law Soc. I went with my friend Oisin, craftily masquerading as his girlfriend Julie (you see, I don’t actually go to UCD. Luckily, Law Soc cards don’t have photo ID!). The lecture hall, which I was told holds roughly 500, was completely full, and there were plenty of photographers and cameramen present to capture the event. Continue reading