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Terry Gilliam will, for a certain generation, always be synonymous with Monty Python, a comedy troupe that he was a big part of. Still, he went on to have success as a film director with movies such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 12 Monkeys, Brazil and Time Bandits. He now has a new film coming out called The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
Filming Fantasy Movies
In an interview with Variety, he discussed how he personally shoots fantasy films:
“Years ago, there was this filmmaker who asked me, ‘How do you do your fantasy sequences?’ I said, I shoot them exactly like the real ones. There is no difference for me. These things change, but only a little bit.”
“But you don’t go woo-oo when you go into fantasy. I like the fact that if you do it well, the audience is just swept along with it. They are in this rather fantastic situation before they realize it.”
Gilliam also talked about casting actors and how Adam Driver was a key factor in the making of this film:
“This movie happened because of Adam Driver. Others helped it, but Adam was the guy who is the hot guy. I had never seen him do anything. The only thing I had seen was ‘Star Wars’, when he is opening his mouth and all that. But my daughter, who is one of the producers, said, ‘You gotta meet him’.”
“The minute I met him, I noticed this quality about this guy that was unlike any other actor I’ve met. A stillness and genuineness. I also liked the fact he didn’t look like a lead. He has these big ears and a big nose. I just thought, ‘This guy is great! He is not Johnny Depp, he is not Ewan McGregor. That was it’.”
“Both he and Joana Ribeiro, I was always worried that I would have to get other actors to play younger versions. They both do it brilliantly, even their faces seem to have different shapes. And it’s all coming from inside. They became this wonderful double act.”
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