Portugal: Monty Python star's film blamed for convent damage

Danny Woods
June 6, 2017

Marking a day no one-with the possible exception of Terry Gilliam-was sure would ever come, Terry Gilliam announced yesterday that he had completed principal photography on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a mere 17 years after he began shooting. Back in the 1990s, Brazil director Terry Gilliam had the idea to adapt a variation on the story of Don Quixote in a distinctly Gilliamesque way and brought soon-to-be spousal assault pin-up Johnny Depp along for the ride.

A still from "Lost in La Mancha", a documentary about the making of "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote".

"Sorry for the long silence.", he posted laconically to Facebook on Sunday. I've been busy packing the truck and am now heading home.

Gilliam has been trying to make the film since 1998 and at long last he has! Other names that have been attached to the project are John Hurt, Ewan McGregor, Michael Palin, and Robert Duvall.

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Few productions have ever faced the mountain of problems that Gilliam's project has, with a laundry list of disasters so unbelievable that they became the subject of the documentary Lost in La Mancha which chronicled the freakish series of events that tanked the production for quite some time.

The former Monty Python member has been working on the project since 1989, persevering through setbacks so numerous that they inspired a documentary about the ill-starred project, 2002's "Lost in La Mancha".

The new version features British actor Jonathan Pryce as Quixote. "Any sensible person would have given up years ago but sometimes pig-headed dreamers win in the end, so thank you to all of the ill paid fantasists and believers who have joined to make this longstanding dream a reality!" The film also includes Adam Driver, Olga Kurylenko, Stellan Skarsgård, and local Spanish actors.

Gilliam's struggles to get the film made in the past could also be labelled a series of catastrophic events and adventures.

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