Terry Gilliam isn’t dead, despite what Variety reported Tuesday afternoon. The trade stupidly published an obituary for the legendary filmmaker yesterday, sparking a brief spout of Twitter panic and alarming millions of fans worldwide. Thankfully the director of such classics as 12 Monkeys and Brazil is still around, and is taking this awkward moment to apologize for his own death. Gilliam responded on his Facebook page, saying “I APOLOGIZE FOR BEING DEAD, especially to those who have already bought tickets to the upcoming talks, but Variety has announced my demise. Don’t believe their retraction and apology!” Taking advantage of the free publicity, Gillian released a trailer for his “pre-posthumous memoir” Gilliamesque, a comprehensive look back at his life and career, which Canongate are publishing on October 1st.
About the Book
The screenwriter, innovative animator, highly acclaimed visionary film director, and only non-British member of Monty Python offers an intimate glimpse into his world in this fascinating memoir illustrated with hand-drawn sketches, notes, and memorabilia from his personal archive.
From his no-frills childhood in the icy wastes of Minnesota, to some of the hottest water Hollywood had to offer, via the cutting edge of 1960s and ’70s counter-culture in New York, L.A. and London, Terry Gilliam’s life has been as vivid, entertaining and unorthodox as one of his films.
Telling his story for the first time, the director of Time Bandits, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas—not to mention co-founder of Monty Python’s Flying Circus—recalls his life so far. Packed with never-before-seen artwork, photographs and commentary, Gilliamesque blends the visual and the verbal with scabrous wit and fascinating insight.
Gilliam’s “pre-posthumous memoir” also features a cast of amazing supporting characters—George Harrison, Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Uma Thurman, Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger and all of the fellow Pythons—as well as cameo appearances from some of the heaviest cultural hitters of modern times, from Woody Allen to Frank Zappa, Gloria Steinem to Robert Crumb, Richard Nixon to Hunter S. Thompson. Gilliam’s encounters with the great and the not-so-good are revealing, funny, and hugely entertaining.
This book is an unrestrained look into a unique creative mind and an incomparable portrait of late twentieth-century popular culture.