Long Island Newsday reports via Associated Press today, October 20th, 2013, actor Johnny Depp surprised famous "Dracula" actor Christopher Lee at the London Film Festival on Saturday, honoring him with the British Film Institute Fellowship.
Speaking from the heart, Depp called Lee a "national treasure" and a "genuine artist", who returned the compliment in kind by pronouncing the 40-year old Depp "truly a star". Serious words from a man who has been in 250 films, not including television appearances over his nearly seven-decade career. Depp presented the award to Lee, shortly after his speech.
Johnny Depp and Christopher Lee have acted together in several films, such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Sleepy Hollow” not to mention several other films. Both gentlemen are good friends and regard each other very highly in the film industry.
Christopher Lee has been acting since 1946, getting his start in television in its early years, progressing on to his most famous role as Count Dracula in the horror Hammer series. Unlike other “Dracula” actors, he has not allowed that to typecast him, as he has moved on, continuing to present day, reprising his role as Saruman in “The Hobbit”, a prequel to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Despite his physical age, Christopher Lee stays young at heart, showing no signs of slowing down as he is still acting and has even released his second heavy metal album.
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