Christopher Lee has said that he was shocked to learn that his scenes have been cut from the new 'Lord of the Rings' film.

Lee, who plays the evil white wizard Saruman in the first two films, told ITV1's 'This Morning' programme that footage involving his role in the climax of 'Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' had ended up on the cutting room floor.

The 81-year-old actor said: "As far as I'm concerned, I'm only telling you this because it has been revealed on the internet, someone has talked and it certainly wasn't me."

Lee added that he would not attend the premiere, saying "No, what's the point? What's the point of going? None at all."