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Big, scary bad guy, Christopher Lee, died at the spry age of 93… or did he?

One of the most prolific actors of all time, he has acted in nearly 230 films, although he later admitted that his film work was not always chosen on quality but often on whether they could support his family  (read: Star Wars Prequels).

Lee played Dracula 10 times… I guess Dracula was the Wolverine of back in the day… and he became known for being the big, bad horror baddie.  He would eventually stop acting in horror films because of this.  Vincent Price wouldn’t give up like that…

He has very rarely played a hero, having been a villain in perhaps about 85% of his films.  Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman and Alan Rickman (“Shoot.  The glass!”) feel his pain.

When he did the voice-over for King Haggard in “The Last Unicorn”, he came with his own copy of the book with excerpts

YOU, Nathaniel, will pay DEARLY for picking me!

YOU, Nathaniel, will pay DEARLY for picking me!

marked for parts of the book that he felt should not have been omitted… because he wanted to be all Edward Norton with his role.

Had dubbed King Haggard in the German version of “The Last Unicorn” for no fee.  He claimed to do it out of love for the film.  Really it was because no one RSVP’d to his kegger, so he found himself hanging around the recording studio looking for a friend that day.  Pathetic, really.

He was also a heavy metal musician (Right?  Who knew?).  He was well-received by the heavy metal community and won the spirit of metal award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods ceremony.

…so,… is the hammer gold then?  Because that’s a metal.  As a matter of fact, it’s a heavy metal…. Or, do the golden gods have a metal hammer that is not made of gold?  ‘Cuz I would think that if the golden gods, had a hammer, it would definitely be made of gold.  Then you could shorten the name to the Hammer of the Golden Gods… Man, I’ve wasted too much time thinking about the name of this shitty award show.

His 2013 single Jingle Hell entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 22, which made him the oldest living artist to ever enter the charts.  This little ditty was on his second heavy metal Christmas album.  He was said to be a mix of Bing Crosby, Spinal Tap, Metallica and old guy… minus the Bing Crosby, of course.

Lee is listed as the “Center of the Hollywood Universe” by the Oracle of Kevin Bacon website because he can be linked to any one in Hollywood on average in 2.59 steps. That is less than Kevin Bacon himself.  Hell, the coffin used in one of his Dracula films was used in Bananarama’s video “Venus”.  So, that kinda liks him with Bananarama in one step… try that Mr. Bacon.

He also gave my absolute favoritely terrible line in the Star Wars prequels:  “It is obvious that this contest cannot be decided by our knowledge of the Force… but by our skills with a lightsaber.”  That one line encapsulates just how fucking terrible all three movies are.

And by the way, “favoritely” should totally be a word.

Seeing that Christopher Lee was instrumental in shaping the life of Nathaniel, he was picked right in the 2nd round!  (He wanted to draft him before Gianna got to him.)  This puts Nathaniel on the board with a whopping 10 points!

Nancy Reagan, somehow, continues to live.

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Occupy the Casket: 150 – (Sir Terry Pratchett – 66, Lauren Hill – 90)

Tailgating with Jesus: 120 – (Jean Béliveau – 20, Ernie Banks – 20, Jerry Tarkanian – 20, Minnie Minoso -10, Al Rosen – 10, Chuck Bednarik – 20)

Jami: 120 – (Diem Brown – 70, Sam Simon – 50)

Nikki: 80 – (Stuart Scott – 60, BB King – 20)

Anne: 70 – (Lesley Gore – 40, Joe Cocker – 30)

Gianna: 70 – (Ahmad “Real” Givens – 70)

The Girl on Fire: 60 – (Mario Cuomo – 20, Richard Dysart – 20, Anne Meara – 20)

I-Steve (a.k.a: The Arch-Bishop!): 60 – (Fiorenzo Angelini – 10, Jorge María Mejía – 10, Cardinal Karl Josef Becker – 20, Roberto Tucci – 10, Giovanni Canestri – 10)

Nora the Explorer: 50 – (James Best – 20, Ben E. King – 30)

Babysitter: 50 – (Leonard Nimoy – 20, Gary Gahl – 30)

Fearless Ghoul Pool Administrator: 30 – (King Abdullah – 10, Joe Franklin – 20)

Anne: 30 – (oops, I forgot who Anne had – 30)

Team Sushi: 30 – (Marion Barry – 30)

Mostly Mike: 20 – (Ralph H Baer – 10, Edward W. Brooke III – 10)

Nathaniel: – 10 – (Christopher Lee – 10)

Erika: 10 – (Jayne Meadows – 10)

The Mortician’s Daughter:  10 – (“Little” Jimmy Dickens – 10)

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