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Terry Gilliam's 'Monty Python' Attack

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Nov 02, 2005 | 8:28am EST

Terry Gilliam has launched an astonishing attack on the former members of comedy legends Monty Python, labeling them "washed up has-beens."

The director insisted he would never work with surviving members Michael Palin, John CleeseEric Idle and Terry Jones again, during a rant at the London Film Festival screening of his latest film The Brothers Grimm yesterday—despite Palin and Jones being present at the event.

He said, "Will I work with any of them again? No. I don't think so. Have you seen them lately? They're all washed up has-beens."

Gilliam also mocked the commercials Cleese has made for a number of companies, including mobile phone firm Orange, sniping, "That's not really John Cleese in that Orange commercial. That's a desperate man."

Gilliam also revealed that the success of Monty Python musical Spamalot has made Eric Idle the richest member of the comedy troupe.

He said, "If you have a hit on Broadway, you're made. Is he wealthier that John Cleese now? Well probably. Why else would John be doing those trashy ads (other than for the money)?"

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