Terry Gilliam has an “adversarial relationship” with the film industry.
The ‘Monty Python’ star has directed films such as ’12 Monkeys’ and ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’, but explained that he often fights with executives to keep his stories intact.
Terry told The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s always been kind of an adversarial relationship. I have become a bit of a terrorist. I never compromised. I have always fought for my stories. Because storytelling is what it’s all about, you don’t give a damn about stories.
“But there’s always a moment at the end of every movie where the executives, who are basically panicked people, get paid a fortune to supposedly know what they’re doing, even if they don’t, where they’re getting to. nervous.
“Always at the end they say, ‘Oh, change that or cut that, blah, blah, blah and then it’ll work out.’ I still fight that.
The 82-year-old filmmaker explained that getting actors on his side was the best way to ensure he wins arguments against movie bosses.
Gilliam said, “The only way to win these arguments is to make sure the main cast are on my side. Because I don’t have the power. The stars have power.
“That’s how I was able to make my films. The people who have invested the money must always believe that you know exactly what you are doing, even if you have no idea.
“It’s about pretending, pretending. I’ll tell you a secret: I seem to be very happy, a bit of a clown. It’s just pretending. The truth is, in real life, I’m a big jerk.
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