Friday, October 06, 2006


Terry Gilliam, Self Promoter

Say you're a respected filmmaker who needs to promote a new project, and it's likely that the studio isn't going to get out and help push. So what do you do?

Well, if you're Terry Gilliam, you take it to the street.
So, Terry Gilliam showed up in front of the Daily Show with a giant sign that said "Will direct films for food." He had a plastic cup that people in the Daily Show ticket line filled to the brim with dollar bills. At one point he looked down at the cup stuffed with cash and said, "This is the most money I've made in a long time".
That's awesome. Hustling his movie, handselling it to the fans. And making a bit of cash on the side.

Gilliam is incredible in all ways. If I were a rich man, I'd give him all my money so he could make all of his genius movies.

Except for Brothers Grimm. That one wasn't genius. It was merely OK.
I couldn't make it through Brothers Grimm myself. Very disappointing, especially given the usual high quality of the rest of his work. But if I recall correctly, Gilliam was as much as disowning the thing publically when it was released, so perhaps he wasn't happy with it, either.

My personal fave probably remains Baron Munchausen. Or Fisher King. Or 12 Monkeys. Or probably Brazil. Or Time Bandits. Or Fear & Loathing. Okay, everything but Brothers Grimm, but that's where I draw the line.
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