Mr. Lee's character is cut from Sweeney Todd

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I am extremely sorry to hear that this has happened, I was so looking forward to seeing Mr. Lee singing in a new musical film production.....

I do think it is wonderful that even though Mr. Lee isn't to be a part of this film production, they knew and appreciated his abilities and talents.....Too bad no one was filming Mr. Lee during his rehearsal!

Well, We can still hope for Don Quixote and Cowboys for Christ (I am hoping Mr. Lee will have a chance to sing in this one also!).....

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NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's not fair I tell you! It's not fair! I was looking forward to this so much and now I am left speechless... Well, at least I can still look forward to seeing Mr. Lee in Cowboys For Christ. Still, it's just not fair.



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Hello everyone,

How disappointing to read this news. I was really looking forward to seeing Mr Lee appear in Sweeney Todd, and I'm sure he would have loved collaborating in another film with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, but I guess it was not meant to be. I find Tim Burton's work fascinating, and given his record, I'm fairly sure that this will be a great film, but it would have been greater still if they could have found a way to keep Mr Lee and other actors onboard. In any case, I'll probably still watch this film, but I'll always be left wondering about Mr Lee's role. Now if only Robin Hardy could get Cowboys For Christ up and running... Take care everyone:

Warmest regards,

Andrés

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I was so looking foreward to seeing him in this role, this is really bad news. I can't understand what these studio execs can be thinking. Kaity



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That's a real shame . It would have been great to see Mr Lee in such a production but, as he said himself, it would have been worse if he'd actually filmed the scenes.
Ce la vie.



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i am very angry that Mr. Lee has been cut and i am seriously considering boycotting this film because of it

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I've already decided not to see it, the only reason I saw the last three of Tim Burtons' films is because Mr Lee was in them. kaity



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Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? I do not believe it!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I am shocked!

Mr. Lee has been cut from the film???? :,-(((((( I am sooooo sad...I am going to cry! Oh, no...
My only hope is that in an other film Mr. Lee will be able to show his talent in singing.

Well, what about if I write a story and lyrics for him? Smile))) And we all will help for him:)))))) What about it?

Always follow your dreams! Nóra

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http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/ChristopherLee_SweeneyToddhttp this is an online petition to retore Mr. Lee's role in Sweeny Todd If you are so inclined you can sign it Kaity



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Oh it doesn't work! It says:
Ooops... invalid or missing petition page.
What to do now?Sad



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Sad news indeed. But Mr Lee knows the bussines after 60 years.

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consider it removed, I would never never want to do anything to harm Mr Lee or his career in any way. Sorry for this the petition was started by someone else on the imdb board Please give Mr. Lee my profoundest apologies Kaity



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I am very disappointed about this news, was looking so forward to see Mr. Lee acting and singing in this film.

Kaitlin, the petition link works, I have just signed it.

Cheers
Conny



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You guys mean well but several things are true.

He will not be in the movie and no petition is going to change that. This decision, as I understand it, was essential and remeber than Tim Burton has been around long enough to know exactly what he is doing. He is an excellent director, arguably one of the very best there is.

You are not doing Mr. Lee any favours because he has moved on, he is working on another movie and he cannot do both at the same time. Yes, he would have loved to, but he knows and accepts that it was not possible.

Technically, he has not been cut, you cannot be cut unless you are in the movie. Mr. Lee has never been in this movie. The parts of the ghosts have been cut from the story and therefore a few actors were no longer required.

I would appreciate if someone removes the link to this website from that petition because CLW has nothing to do with it and Mr. Lee does not want to be a party of any petition. Specially againts someone who he considers to be a good friend.

I understand that it is done in good faith and you mean well but to be honest, at the end of the day, it's only a movie.

LOTR was a different story altogether, the part was filmed and integral to the story, this one is not and it really doesn't matter if there are singing ghosts or there are not.

With or without Mr. Lee the movie is going to tell the same story, he was not playing a character that was essential to the story. Tim Burton wants always to have Mr. Lee in his movies, if he is able to, this time it was not possible and a petition could seriously damage their professional and personal relationship.

It's best to move on and await Mr. Lee's news on the new movie he is working in, which will be just as exciting.

Please do not asume that it is an unkind cut because that is not the case at all. What was kind, was Tim Burton's innitial thought of wanting to fit him in the movie in some way.



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Oh! I was for a time far away from CLW and when I return, anxious for new news I am knowing that our idol won't be in this film. Unhappily this will be a loss for the film and for us.
During the time that I was without computer I watched several films of Mr. Lee again and the last was " THE Fantastic Manufactures of Chocolate." I adore to see Mr. Lee working with Johnny Deep.
It is wonderful to know that the Mr. Lee is working in another production that soon will be available to cheer all your fans and to stiller increase his career.

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Joakim Lundberg;36156 wrote:
Sad news indeed. But Mr Lee knows the bussines after 60 years.

Indeed, perhaps you are correct Joakim.



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I was very sorry to here about this but these things happen in the motion picture industry. Remember what happened to poor old Johnny Depp while making "Don Quixote", the entire production was shut down and everyone got axed.
Dave.



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I was very sorry to here about this but these things happen in the motion picture industry. Remember what happened to poor old Johnny Depp while making "Don Quixote", the entire production was shut down and everyone got axed.
Dave.

What? There was going to be a "Don Quixote" movie? With Johnny Depp? I've never heard of this. Wow... thanks for that fact David. I would have never knew.



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David, the film " The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" was being made by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and a host of European actors when for various reasons the whole production was shut down. Gilliam made a superb documentary called "Lost in LaMancha" and it shows that even with big names like Gilliam and Depp some productions just run aground.





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You guys mean well but several things are true.
He will not be in the movie and no petition is going to change that./quote]

Juan, thank you for your detailed explanations. It was never my intention to harm Mr. Lee by signing such a petition, I am sorry.

Looking very forward to Mr. Lee's next movie.

David, I too didn't know there was a Don Quixote movie with Johnny Depp. Thanks for the information.

Cheers
Conny



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david mcconkey;36198 wrote:
David, the film " The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" was being made by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and a host of European actors when for various reasons the whole production was shut down. Gilliam made a superb documentary called "Lost in LaMancha" and it shows that even with big names like Gilliam and Depp some productions just run aground.

Hello again,

Yes indeed, David! I have "Lost in La Mancha" somewhere, and it provides a truly fascinating insight into what goes on "behind the scenes", so to speak (i.e. all the preparatory work that goes on before the film even gets made!) I came away from the documentary with that sense of "what could have been" in my mind. Jean Rocheford certainly looked the part as Don Quijote, and the three "giants" rushing towards the camera like things possessed is a truly memorable sight! Terry Gilliam's frustration and despair at all the different mishaps and calamities that befell the production really says it all. Sometimes, for whatever reason, things are just not meant to be. Fortunately, Mr Gilliam had enough material on film to be able to salvage something out of the mess and came up with the documentary. If memory serves, it was not the first time that things did not go according to plan for a film adaptation of Don Quijote. Weren't there problems with Orson Welles's adaptation too? Anyway, thanks for that, David (and apologies for going slightly offkey here). Take care everyone:

Warmest regards,

Andrés



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Andrés Verdú;36212 wrote:
Hello again,

Yes indeed, David! I have "Lost in La Mancha" somewhere, and it provides a truly fascinating insight into what goes on "behind the scenes", so to speak (i.e. all the preparatory work that goes on before the film even gets made!) I came away from the documentary with that sense of "what could have been" in my mind. Jean Rocheford certainly looked the part as Don Quijote, and the three "giants" rushing towards the camera like things possessed is a truly memorable sight! Terry Gilliam's frustration and despair at all the different mishaps and calamities that befell the production really says it all. Sometimes, for whatever reason, things are just not meant to be. Fortunately, Mr Gilliam had enough material on film to be able to salvage something out of the mess and came up with the documentary. If memory serves, it was not the first time that things did not go according to plan for a film adaptation of Don Quijote. Weren't there problems with Orson Welles's adaptation too? Anyway, thanks for that, David (and apologies for going slightly offkey here). Take care everyone:

Warmest regards,

Andrés

Wow... that's very intresting. I'll have to search for "Lost In La Mancha" and watch this documentary. Thanks David and Andres for all of your informative and extensive information!

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This is just a wouldn't it be great if But I would love to see Man of La Mancha redone with Mr Lee. The original film version wasn't all that good and I think I could be done much better now. I saw the original play in New York Years ago with Richard Kiley and It was just wonderful. Mr Lee would be a wonderful Quixote as done in the play. Kaity



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I saw again the movie last night. I´m completely unhappy about that production! Now, how´ll sings that beautiful songs without Master Chris Lee´s voice!

All the best,

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Hey...saw the new light on this speciffic board and wanted to apologize again for EVER starting that petition. I just had no idea that it was NOT an unkind cut at the time. Sad I'm sorry....Plus I love Mr. Burton too and hate to see something bad happen.....let's hope Mr. Lee is involved in "Alice in Wonderland" somehow! ^_^

Btw....anyone who wants to read Mr. Lee's scripted role, I have the original screenplay for "Sweeney Todd". I made a forum about it.

http://www.christopherleeweb.com/forums/generalised-topics-cl/62854-sweeney-todd-early-draft.html

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