Johnny Depp at London Film Festival To Honor Christopher Lee
Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance at the London Film Festival to give a career honor to “horror icon Christopher Lee”.Depp called Lee “a national treasure” and “a genuine artist” as he presented the 91-year-old actor with a British Film Institute Fellowship on Saturday.He said it had been “a childhood dream come true” to work with Lee. The two actors appeared together in Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow,” ”Dark Shadows” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
Lee returned the compliment, calling Depp one of the few younger actors “who is truly a star.”
Lee’s 250 movie roles include Dracula in a series of Hammer Films thrillers, Bond villain Scaramanga in “The Man With The Golden Gun,” the founder of Pakistan in “Jinnah” and Saruman in “The Lord of the Rings.”The 57th London Film Festival included 235 features, including Paul Greengrass’ hijacking drama “Captain Phillips,” Alfonso Cuaron’s space odyssey “Gravity,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s folk saga “Inside Llewyn Davis” and Steve McQueen’s hard-hitting “12 Years A Slave.”The 12-day festival ended on Sunday with “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers.