Terry Gilliam says he misses the comedy like the comedy, complains that & # 39; now we can't laugh at anyone because it's offensive & # 39;
Terry Gilliam longs for the old days of comedy, complaining that & # 39; now we can't laugh at someone because it offends & # 39 ;.
The filmmaker, who became famous as the American member of the British comedy group Monty Python in the late 1960s, spoke to the Wall Street Journal this week prior to the release of his latest film, The Man Who Don Quixote.
During the interview, Gilliam reflects his career and how much of it has been consumed by the new film, which took 30 years.
Asked for his opinion on the difference between the British and American comedies, Gilliam said: “I have always felt that the British laugh very well at themselves. The Americans are better at laughing at other people.
& # 39; I still think it's true, but it's changing, because we can't laugh at anyone now because it's offensive.
& # 39; There is a kind of selfishness out there: & # 39; Oh, they made fun of me. & # 39; I've never heard of you. I am ridiculing an idea. & # 39;
Gilliam, 78, became famous in the late 1960s as the American member of the British comedy group Monty Python. He is seen in the top left with fellow actors John Cleese (top right), Terry Jones (bottom left) and Michael Palin (bottom right) in 1999
The filmmaker discussed his latest film, The Man Who Don Quixote, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, published this week
He also focused on his perceived anger in response to the head of BBC's comedies' recent comments that a modern day would not have Monty Python & # 39; six white Oxbridge boys & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I wasn't very angry, I just played angry & he said.
& # 39; The idea is that we have already been excluded because the world has changed. I said: I'm tired of being blamed as a white man for everything that's wrong in the world. So now I want you to call me Loretta. I am a black lesbian in transition.
& # 39; That is all from & # 39; Life of Brian & # 39 ;, [the 1979 Python film spoofing religious epics] when Eric [Idle’s character], whose name is Stan, says, "I want you to call me Loretta, I want to be a woman."
& # 39; People may feel offended about that. And when insulting becomes so easy, it takes pleasure from insulting! & # 39;
Gilliam made it a point to acknowledge the impact that Monty Python, who is celebrating his 50th birthday this year, has had in his career.
& # 39; Python opened the doors for everything, for me as a film director, which I actually always wanted to do, & # 39; he said.
Gilliam (second from the right) told the Wall Street Journal that Monty Python & # 39; opened the doors to everything because I was a film director, which I actually always wanted to do & # 39;
After his time with the comic gang, Gilliam Time Bandits (1981), The Fisher King (1991) and Brazil (1985) directed.
All three films contain a mixture of fantasy and reality, similar to that of The Man Who killed Don Quixote, inspired by the two-part novel & # 39; Don Quixote & # 39; by Spaniard Miguel de Cervantes and offers a contemporary look at the theme of chasing great ambitions.
Adam Driver shines as Toby, & # 39; a frustrated filmmaker and disillusioned advertising company, enters a fantasy world when a Spanish cobbler (Jonathan Pryce) who believes he is Don Quixote; thus to the synopsis of the film.
Gilliam told the Journal that he wondered if the movie & # 39; destroyed his life & # 39 ;, stating: & # 39; To get mad, is that the worst thing that can happen? & # 39;
He first came up with the idea for the film in 1989, but only started production in 2000.
Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort were about to play the lead role in the storm when filming was interrupted by flooding, tornadoes and Rochefort's health problems.
When asked if the fact that he started the movie in his & # 39; 40 years and ended in his & # 39; 70 years had any effect on the final product, Gilliam said: & # 39; Yes and no. Most ideas were there from the beginning.
& # 39; The final version is better now that it is more about Toby & # 39; s guilt. It is the only reason he is tagging along and it is, in a way, his deliverance. & # 39;
The Man who kills Don Quixote in the theaters on Friday.
The Man who killed Don Quixote took almost 30 years to complete after a series of logistical and financial setbacks