I think it's safe to say that Christopher Lee is one of the most badass actors in all of film, even at the age of 90. Not only has he played legendary literary villains Dracula and Saruman the White, he's also matched wits with James Bond as ruthless Golden Gun-wielding assassin Francisco Scaramanga and beat the crap out of a young Darth Vader.
Add another notch to Lee's awesomeness belt, as he's set to record a full heavy metal album, titled Charlemagne: The Omens of Death. A follow-up to his first album, the symphonic-metal Charlemagne: By The Sword and the Cross, Omens of Death will be, in Lee's words, "100% heavy metal."
Talking with BBC's Up All Night, Lee talked about his history with metal and his inspiration for the project:
"I was first introduced to metal when I sang with a band called Rhapsody. But what I sang was not heavy metal. I sang with a tenor. Then I worked with Manowar as a narrator, I think it was in Germany, and again, that was not me singing metal. I became fascinated by this, 'cause in terms of the history of music, it’s fairly recent really. And if it’s properly done and you can understand the story and you can understand what the people are singing and you have the right bands and the right singers, I think it’s rather exciting."
It's always nice to see a real-life Badass Grandpa. What do you think? Will you be checking out Christopher Lee's first actual metal album?
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