WEIRDLAND: Terry Gilliam still looking for clues

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Terry Gilliam still looking for clues

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal at 'Brokeback Mountain' Press Conference - Venice, on 2nd September 2005, Venice, Italy.

"I’m good at being angry — it’s an occupation. I’m angry at all the bullshit they keep writing about Heath Ledger, our lead actor, who died during filming. They say he was a drug addict. Bullshit. They say he was a tortured soul because he played the Joker in The Dark Knight. Bullshit.
He was a joyous guy. He was so full of life and he was flying on this film. He was having more fun than he’d had in years. The fact the film was finished is a testament to the strength of Heath’s spirit.

Three A-list stars took over Heath’s part — Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law — and they all donated their fee to his daughter. I haven’t asked them to do any publicity — I’ve kept that hair shirt for myself. Last week my record was 42 interviews in one day. I’ve spoken on stage at Bafta and I’ve spent a morning in the HMV shop in Oxford Circus, signing anything that was put in front of me.

Lily Cole and Andrew Garfield as Valentina and Anton in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (2009).

Usually I spend all day at home in Highgate, north London, staring at my computer screen. So this week has been a shock. I’ve done so many interviews my voice is beginning to sound like a Buddhist chant.
But the world is so youth-obsessed, I should be grateful anyone’s still interested in me at 68.TILTING AT WINDMILLSPeople talk about “the curse of Terry Gilliam”, because whenever I make a movie something seems to go wrong. When I attempted to film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in 1999, the set flooded and the lead actor suffered a herniated disc. But next year I’m going to make it again. I’m lucky my first attempt failed, because I can see now that the script wasn’t good enough. In fact, I think I’m one of the luckiest people on the planet. My life is wonderful, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. But I still don’t have a clue about making films. I hope there’s still time to learn". Source:


Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi Kendra,
penso che il mondo dello spettacolo abbia perso un attore veramente talentuoso.
Heat L. è semplicemente meraviglioso nel suo recitare.-
In Batman è stato magnifico... ho molto voglia di rivederlo nell'ultimo film di T.Gilliam.-

Kendra said...

yes, Rosa, I feel "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" is a must-see for all fans of Heath Ledger, since it's his last performance, and Terry Gilliam's vision is very original and he's chosen such a good casting for his film!