British actor Daniel Radcliffe was left stunned during a recent trip to Italy when he discovered thousands of fans waiting for him as he used the bathroom. The Harry Potter star attended the Venice Film Festival in September (13) to promote his movie Kill Your Darlings, and he has previously told how he was mobbed by teens at the event.
Now he has lifted the lid on the madness that awaited him and likened one moment to a scene from Monty Python comedy Life of Brian.
Radcliffe tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "Italy was crazy. We never did any press there for the (Harry Potter) films so there was 10 years (of) pent up energy and when I got there it just exploded.
"It was incredible. At one point I needed the loo (toilet) and had to make a 100-yard dash and was immediately followed by a flash mob. I had a Life of Brian moment when I opened the toilet door and there were thousands of people standing outside waiting. It was all very surreal and mad as always."
British comedian Eddie Izzard has been offering suggestions to the Monty Python team on how to update their sketches ahead of their live reunion in July (14). The comedy troupe announced in November (13) they will reform for a one-off live performance at London's O2 Arena next year (14), later extending it to five shows to meet the overwhelming demand for tickets.
The funnymen don't plan to write any new sketches for the shows, so their comedy peers have offering suggestions to help them update their classic skits.
Terry Jones tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "Eddie Izzard phoned up... with some suggestions about how we could update the Four Yorkshiremen sketch and put in different tag lines... I think there will be quite a bit of that."
Monty Python will perform live at the O2 Arena between 1 July and 5 July (14).
Monty Python's sell-out reunion shows were borne out of anger and financial difficulties following a legal defeat over spin-off stage production Spamalot. Film producer Mark Forstater was awarded an increased portion of the profits from Spamalot in July (13) after he successfully argued that his involvement in the movie on which the musical was based, 1975's Monty Python and the Holy Grail, entitled him to a larger share of the proceeds.
The ruling came as a disappointment to the comedy troupe, but Eric Idle insists the legal defeat was the catalyst for the group coming together again and reconsidering the reunion project which John Cleese had previously described as "absolutely impossible".
Idle tells Britain's The Sun, "We were all shocked, angered and stunned at the result of the lawsuit that cost us millions of f**king dollars. It was jaw dropping... I think that comedians are motivated by anger. John (Cleese) wrote some of the funniest emails I've ever read over that period - it was killingly funny."
However, the British comedy legend admits they were also motivated by a need to recoup the money lost in the court case, adding, "We thought, 'Where are we going to get the money to pay these b**gers off?' We made a break from our management and tried someone new. We needed help as we were in a mess. Our new legal adviser told us we were f**ked."
The group began to entertain the idea of a live reunion once they started discussing comedy instead of money, and Idle insists the group could have been greedier about the project if they wanted a bigger pay out.
He adds, "If we were greedy b**tards we'd have a big company such as AEG in there and we'd be doing a world tour. But we're not greedy b**tards, we're actually quite nice people who have lives."
Monty Python will perform five live shows at London's O2 Arena between 1 July and 5 July (14).
"This pretty much took us by surprise, so we are talking about adding more shows. I apologise if you didn't get seats. We're working on it... Spent all morning working on the show itself (which I'm directing) so I'm a long way from the business. I can only hold out hope." Monty Python star Eric Idle reveals he was surprised to hear the comedy troupe's July (14) reunion show in London sold out in less than a minute on Monday (25Nov13). Four more shows were later added, and also sold out in seconds.
The Monty Python team has extended their reunion from one show to five after the first date sold out in under a minute. Tickets for the one-off show at London's O2 Arena in July (14) were snapped up on Monday (25Nov13), and four more dates were subsequently announced. The shows will run from 1 July to 5 July (14).
Monty Python star Terry Jones secretly wed his girlfriend Anna Soderstrom, who is 41 years his junior, in a low-key ceremony last year (12). The 71-year-old comedian divorced his wife of 42 years, Alison Telfer, in 2012, and as soon as the split became official, Jones wed the woman he left Telfer for.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "We married last year. The divorce came through - sadly - so we got married. We kept it secret. We wanted to keep it quiet from the press. It was a very small wedding - only my daughter and the next-door neighbours came."
Jones met 30-year-old Soderstrom in 2002 when she attended his book signing at Hertford College, Oxford in England, where she was studying.
The couple tied the knot at Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution near their home in north London and then travelled to Paris, France for their honeymoon, where they received an unpleasant wedding gift.
He explains, "We went to Paris and we got burgled in our hotel suite. We had to move hotels. There was somebody in the room when we came back from dinner. Anna said she saw a hand disappearing through the toilet door so they must have been in the room as we went back in. And they must have hidden in the loo (bathroom). The other hotel we moved into upped our room because they said, 'We don't want you to think all hotels are going to be burgled'."
Jones, who has two adult children with Telfer, also has a four-year-old daughter called Siri, with his new wife Soderstrom.
The stars of Monty Python are planning to include their late castmate Graham Chapman in their upcoming reunion show by using modern technology to feature him in their skits. Michael Palin admits previous plans for a tour fell apart 15 years ago as the surviving members of the British comedy troupe did not want to continue without their friend, who died from cancer in 1989.
Palin was initially very reluctant to agree to perform without Chapman, but was won over when he realised technology could be used to bring him back to life for the reunion show next summer (14).
He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Part of my reason for not doing a stage show 15 years ago was because we'd miss Graham. He was a vital member of the cast and a brilliant writer. Who else could play the Colonel and do all of those other amazing things Graham did? He was such a distinctive performer that I can't imagine hiring anyone else in his place.
"But this time we haven't had to think about him - and not because we're anti-Graham in any way. The great thing is that we can use technology to bring Graham in and not actually have to replace him. I think in a few of the sketches one of us will play his role, but not too much. He'll be seen and remembered, he's very much part of the show."
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Palin will perform at London's O2 Arena on 1 July (14).
"A Python fan told me today 'Watching very old men being silly is funnier than watching young ones being silly'." Monty Python fans can't wait for the comedy troupe's onstage reunion next year (14), according to John Cleese.
The stars of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python decided to reunite for a live performance after South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker begged them to make a comeback. The five funnymen - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - confirmed on Thursday (21Nov13) that they are getting back together for a huge show at London's O2 Arena in July (14).
It will be their first time working together in 30 years, and Jones has now revealed the unlikely inspiration behind their reunion.
He tells London newspaper Ham & High, "The South Park people brought us together, Matt Stone and Trey Parker. They approached us and suggested we should get together and do something together. That's what triggered the interest in the show."
Funnyman John Cleese is unable to perform his legendary 'silly walks' at the upcoming Monty Python reunion show because hip and knee replacement surgery has left him unable to contort his legs. The comedy troupe - Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - held a press conference in London on Thursday (21Nov13) to confirm they are getting back together to stage a show at the city's O2 Arena in July (14).
The Meaning of Life stars said the production will contain some new material alongside their classic sketches, but fans' favourite skit, The Ministry of Silly Walks, will not be featured as its star Cleese would struggle with it.
The routine features Cleese performing a series of bizarre methods of walking, and the British star is adamant surgery to his hip and knee have left him unable to repeat the famous sketch.
He told reporters at the conference, "That's impossible now because I have an artificial knee and an artificial hip, so there's no chance of that now."
The five writers last worked together on 1983 film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, which also starred Graham Chapman, who died from cancer in 1989.
Idle joked that they decided it was time for them to revisit Monty Python for one last time, saying, "If we left it too long it would be too late. We don't have that long, do we?... We just thought it would be fun to do one (show) and see if we are still funny, and to do the O2 and see if we can fill it."
The Monty Python reunion show will take place on 1 July (14), with tickets priced between $41.25 (£27.50) and $135 (£90) going on sale on Monday (25Nov13).
It will be filmed for a later DVD release, and Palin says they might even consider a European tour if the show is a success.