It seems that director Terry Gilliam can’t escape the narrative that The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has been a film 30 years in the making, even though his final effort only encompassed the last few years with a modified story and new actors, Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver. We had the opportunity to speak to the director for The Fourth Wall, our interview podcast, about the evolution of his film and the final version of the long-suffering tale that ultimately ended up on the screen.
In addition to discussing The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Gilliam addresses issues such as the use of special effects, the freedom enjoyed by his peers in streaming television, the omniprescence of Marvel movies, and his disdain for those who choose to watch large format films on the tiny screens on their mobile devices.
“Imagine first seeing Star Wars or something like that on that scale,” said Gilliam. “It’s ridiculous! My problem is, with cinema, you’re this small little person around the campfire and there is the big campfire screen, and there is this spectacle going on. Now with the phone, you’re the big thing and the storytelling is the little thing to serve you. Fuck that!”
Sprinkled throughout the interview are mentions of his other films like Brazil and The Zero Theorem, as well as his executive producer credit on the upcoming Time Bandits adaptation on Apple’s new streaming service. “I’m still trying to work out how much I’m involved with it to be quite honest,” Gilliam told us. “I don’t know yet; I’m executive producer, but I’m still trying to find out how much power I have or don’t have.”
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