Christopher Lee Cut From Sweeney Todd


Playbill reports that Christopher Lee and a number of other characters have been cut from director Tim Burton’s upcoming Sweeney Todd adaptation, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

DreamWorks has confirmed reports that the ghost characters — including Lee’s “Gentleman Ghost,” as a previous release titled his role — have been cut from the film.

The new “Gentleman Ghost” character raised many inquisitive eyebrows when Tim Burton’s film cast was announced, since the stage musical does not employ such a character.

Lee told London’s Telegraph: “It would have been worse if I had done the scenes, but I never got to film them. It’s a shame as the lyrics were wonderful, but these things happen.”

Sweeney Todd opens in limited theaters on December 21 and expands on January 11.