Johnny Depp, taking cues from his mischievous role as Captain Jack Sparrow, surprised Sir Christopher Lee when he presented the screen legend with a British Film Institute Fellowship award at the London Film Festival.
Sir Christopher was under the impression that Depp could not make the occasion, however; Depp had managed to infiltrate the awards ceremony in order to bestow the award to the man who had “fascinated and inspired” him.
A visibly emotional Sir Christopher accepted the award while remarking: “I didn’t know you were going to be here. I must try and pull myself together.”
The prolific actor has more than 250 screen credits to his name, of which the most memorable tend to be powerful representations of various villains. Ranging from the evil megalomaniacal wizard Saruman in the Lord of the Rings films, to the terrifyingly placid murderer Lord Summerisle in the Wicker Man, Sir Christopher has always been associated with chilling characters ever since the Hammer Horror films early in his career.
Johnny Depp, who is also known for his distinctive film roles, such as Edward Scissorhands was eager to voice appreciation for his friend. Appropriately, Johnny Depp and Sir Christopher both starred in Tim Burton’s Gothic romance Sleepy Hollow.
Depp said: “He’s been a wonderful individual and over the years I’ve had the pleasure of working with him and it has been a childhood dream come true.”
“But as great as it is to work with him, that pleasure doesn’t compare with getting to know him and being able to count him as a true friend.”
“A national treasure and a genuine artist. I love ya!”
The admiration was obviously mutual, as Sir Christopher said of Depp:
“He means an enormous amount to me. He is one of very few young actors on screen today who’s truly a star.”
“Everything he does has a meaning. He’s a joy to work with, an actor’s dream and certainly a director’s dream. I could go on a long time but I’d probably embarrass him.”