Sir Christopher Lee died on Sunday, The Telegraph reported today.
The veteran actor was nearly 93 and had not stopped working. He was famous for portraying Dracula and the evil wizard Saruman from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series.
Skimming his listing on Wikipedia, I found a fascinating video from Nov. 8, 2011, in which the actor who played an evil sorcerer shared his thoughts on the actual occult. The clip is transcribed below.
Questioner: It’s well known that you have a huge interest in the occult and one of the largest collections of books —
I don’t have a huge collection [of occult books]. Somebody wrote I had 20,000 books. [Laughter.]
I’d have to live in a bath. [Laughter and long applause.]
I have maybe four or five. [Laughter.] I have The Devil Rides Out, first edition, signed to me by Dennis Wheatley. [There] was a book just come out about him, called [The] Devil is a Gentleman.
And I have met people who claimed to be Satanists, who claimed to be involved with black magic, who claimed that they not only knew a lot about it. But as I said, I certainly haven’t been involved. And I warn all of you—never, never, never. You will not only lose your mind. You’ll lose your soul.
I don’t have a big library on the occult, no. Look, the internet and the media—if they can’t think of something to do, they invent it. [Laughter.] If they can’t think of something to say, I mean, they invent it. I don’t know who thought that one up. Looks good in print, I suppose. But it’s not true.