RIP Christopher Lee

Sometimes the passing on an icon is referred to as “the end of the era”–with the death of Christopher Lee, I’m forced to wonder: what is greater than an era? An epoch? How fitting, how fortunate, that the king of b-movies, in his final years, was prominently featured in two of the most successful film franchises of all time, as Star Wars’ Count Dooku and, especially, as the White Wizard Saruman in Stephen Jackson’s Tolkien adaptations. Lee was so powerful as that latter that he will be forever associated with that character–and, more telling, the character with him. (As a friend of mine emailed me over a decade ago: “Best. Saruman. Casting. Ever.” What a life. What a career. What a talent. What a gentleman!



RIP Christopher Lee, 1922-2015

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About JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.
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