Acting legend Christopher Lee has slammed movie bosses for cutting his scenes from new film STONE OF DESTINY - branding them ageist and "spineless".
The Wicker Man star shot scenes for the forthcoming movie but was disappointed to learn that his role had been scrapped, after focus groups gave a negative response to seeing an elderly gentleman on screen.
And Lee, 86, has criticised the people in charge of the picture - insisting they should not discard veteran actors.
He says, "The American distributors looked at the film and decided they didn't want me in it. These people are guided by focus groups; their ideal film-goer is apparently 18 and has an aversion to old faces.
"But what struck me as depressing was that the director, Charles Martin Sheen, and his team agreed to this request. This seemed to me spineless. You would think they would have more pride in their work."