Christopher Lee Was The Only Cast Member Who Met JRR Tolkein
Christopher Lee played Saruman the White in the trilogy. Lee, who died in 2015, was the only member of the cast who met J.R.R. Tolkien. The pair met in a bar in Oxford, England, many years before the books were turned into the epic films. The writer died in 1973 at the age of 82.
Lee was a big fan of the books. He reportedly read the Lord of the Rings trilogy every year of his life, until he passed away when he was 93 years old. Lee is also known for playing Count Dooku in the second and third films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.