I really liked him as Saruman. I just wish Saruman had more speaking roles.
If only to hear Christopher Lee’s deep melodious voice more.
Ian McKellen was amazing and I don’t think I can say I would want things any different. But I’ve always wondered what it would have been like to see Christopher Lee in the more benevolent and wise mentor role. This picture gives me some idea, really neat!
I'd like to see Ian McKellen as Saruman too.
Yeah lee had always really wanted the part should a live action movie be made even before PJ came around but unfortunately by the time PJ did, Lee was too old for all the horse riding and physical demands of the role - as he stated in an interview. However, his terrific baritone really does portray Saruman signature power, being his voice. His gravitas really portrays a maiar considered to be the leader of those sent from valinor.
Also never seen Lee so tanned before. Gandalf does go out and about though xD
Baritone? My dude was a legit *bass*.
Christopher Lee just seems way too cold to me to play Gandalf. Terrific guy, great actor, but I just think Ian brought the kindness and warmness to Gandalf so naturally, I can’t imagine another actor.
Lee has the better villains voice and Ian the better grandpa voice.
I think because of this it might have worked really well for the characters themselves to reverse their roles.
It would have made the authority of Saurman and particularly his betrayal all the more harsh while also giving a bit of an in-universe explanation for why Gandalf's counsel is rather consistently ignored, because he sounds so harsh, even vaguely evil, when giving said counsel.
So if Lee was Gandalf, who do they cast as Saruman? (let's imagine that McKellan says no).
My guess: Bill Nighy
I could see Donald Sutherland, perhaps.
Ian was born to play gandalf.
I would not change a thing about the original casting. It was perfect.
He was perfect as Saruman, he was a Tolkien expert. Upset that he was edited out of ROTK.
From a story perspective there are good reasons he's in the Shire as they return home. Shows that war affected even what they perceived as their safe home as well.
On the other hand it feels like a tacked on ending after the real story is over, and from a movie perspective, did they really need another ending in a movie that is already made fun of because of how many endings it feels like it has in it?
Is that Lee? The only thing I see here is a blend between Liam Neeson and Robert Downey Jr.
Ya if there wasn't a caption I dont know if I would have got Lee. Old Jake Weber maybe, thats all I got out of it.
Looks a bit like Ian McShane
My thoughts too
Wouldnt have even been mad
It would be fun to recast LOTR but you can only use the same actors.
This is also what it'd look like if Robert Downey JR played Gandalf
With Nicolas Cage as Aragorn... perfection
If you read the book description of the men of Numenor, as sort of tall and grey-eyed, I actually think someone with a more angular face like Nick Cage would fit well enough. Not sure he would've been the right casting, though he is a talented actor. I don't really think Aragorn or the sons of Denethor had a book-correct look, but obviously it works well enough in the film.
I can't imagine anyone other than Ian McKellen as Gandalf
They would’ve given him a bigger nose
tony stark in blackface vibes
I can't imagine count Dooku as Gandalf
Lee meet Tolkien and is supposed to approved of him playing as Gandalf.
Sir Ian has a more Richard Harris/Dumbledore feel. I love Lee but I think he would have been a more intense Michael Gambon/Dumbledore type Gandalf.
I think he does a really good job of capturing both sides of Gandalf, and he probably would've been the best Dumbledore. I don't think either of the ones we got really captured the character's range.
I feel like he would of done it justice for sure, but man he killed it as Saruman.
I mean, he literally had permission from Tolkien himself to play the roll. I'm sure it would have been great. Although where he ended up was fantastic as well.
This story isnt true, he only met Tolkien once, very briefly, and there was no discussion of playing Gandalf
I know that he was the Professor's pick to play Gandalf back in the day, but that raises the question: in another world where this did happen, who would we have playing the role of Saruman in his stead? I like this but my brain process an alternative White Wizard, he's that good in the role.
>who would we have playing the role of Saruman in his stead?
He was the only cast member to meet Tolkien as well.
I would audition for Haldir of Lorien but be cast as Figwit.
Holy shit it's the bad guy from Netflix's Korean series Kingdom.
What brilliant is they can swap characters and the movie would be just as good.
So, you are telling me it is possible that Christopher Lee was jealous of Sir Ian for getting the role of Gandalf. Just like Saruman is jealous of Gandalf.
Thanks, I hate this.
He actually originally auditioned for Denethor...
...that just looks wrong
He works out better as saruman. I like the gandalf we got.
he would have been just as great. I can hear him talking sweet to the hobbits while still keeping his big voice. However gandalf would not have been the same type of person, but still good in other ways if portrayed by Lee
Honestly both actors are/were such talents that they would have carried the roles (and the movies) either way. I’d love to see a reverse role movie.
That would’ve been aight
Oh no, he's hot!
Reminds me a bit of Omar Sharif.
Honestly I would’ve been happy with this as well. Just imagine??
Would work better if you used a picture of him being the correct age instead of a picture of him when he was much younger
I think my granddad and vampire gandalf are related
not that i dont think lee could have done an amazing job, he probably could have, he was def more suited for saruman, and Ian McKellen was perfect for gandalf, both did amazing jobs, it would be interesting to see what the movies would be like if they took each others roles though
Honestly I'd have welcomed it, just because he seemed to understand the characters better. Ian McKellan is legendary when it comes to emoting, but the Gandalf of the books was just so confident that it was infectious.
I think he would have a more austere look, at least how I envisioned Gandalf when I read the books. Sir Ian McKellen has a more grandfatherly look to him, which isn't wrong necessarily, as Gandalf fills the role of both a grandfather figure and a teacher to the people of Middle-earth.
Also, his prononciation of Khazad-dûm is on point.
"Saruman? Yes, that was what they used to call me. Saruman the White. I am Saruman the Grey."
The existing casting was perfect. Love Christopher Lee, but this looks like Great Value Brandalf.
Oh man lol
Still better then dumbledor
Ian is the perfect Gandalf and Lee the perfect Saruman
My eyes Are bleeding
We did quite all right, thank you.
May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.
i hate it, Christopher Lee has never been kind and gentle imo and i think Sir Ian was the best choice
Didn't JRR himself say that Lee would be good for the role?
The closest Tolkien had come to musing on casting was when he responded to a fanzine article that made several hypothetical suggestions for a Lord of the Rings adaptations, which included casting Sir Alec Guinness as Gandalf and Charles Laughton as Theoden.
Tolkien did promise him the roll...
No he didn’t
What we should have gotten.
No they didn’t
Friggin Cristobal Lima as Gandolfo el Gris
Ayy-ayy-ayyy! Esto uno Balrogo del Mordora!
Ngl, I would have much rather had Christopher Lee as Gandalf.
That is the look!!
Slightly more attractive Gandalf
The real question is who is making Christopher Lee audition?
You don't ask Christopher Mother Fucking Lee to audition for anything.
Iirc he had Tolkien's blessing to play Gandalf someday
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