39 Total Quotes

Terry Gilliam Quotes

I just like the fact I can make a film which might give comfort to some people who think they are the only crazy person in the world and suddenly they see there are two crazy people in the world.
Terry Gilliam
#Comfort

It was a very strange time, ... After having had four projects all collapse on me, by the time 'Grimm' came along, I was jelly.
Terry Gilliam
#Projects

It wasn't like sitting down and saying, 'Let's see if we can design a film that will capture the book, but maybe work for a mass audience,' ... There was none of that. It was 'Can we translate this book into a film?'
Terry Gilliam
#Design

People in Hollywood are not showmen, they're maintenance men, pandering to what they think their audiences want.
Terry Gilliam
#Audiences

I hate being dragged into genres. I like movies that are full of a lot of conflicting and interesting things,
Terry Gilliam
#Hate

Harry [Shearer], Joel Siegel, and I used to be a little group for awhile, trying to do children's television, because it was the one area that nobody was paying attention to in those days...
Terry Gilliam
#Television

I'm just being perverse, ... The idea that after such a long gap two films come out in the same year, it makes me smile.
Terry Gilliam
#Films

It was a hard shoot,
Terry Gilliam
#Hard

We did a lot of work because the original script, ... The premise was really interesting but the script needed magic. It needed real fairytale, it needed a real sense of the wonder of that world, and working with Lance and people was, we worked our way towards this thing. It was quite organic really, we built this film.
Terry Gilliam
#Magic

It was lights, camera, inaction.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

I can report that we are a hit in Germany,
Terry Gilliam
#Germany

You get trapped by stories. Though I've got this reputation for being out of control, it's not true, it just happens to be a more interesting story than the truth.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

Actually, I began to think that maybe there is a god, after all. Or maybe it's a different one. The old one got fired.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

And Now For Something Completely Different was supposed to be our entree into America. It failed in America but was a big success in England.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

At the first screening, there were a lot of areas that we went around and around about. Then we had our second screening. It played better. It's almost a reasonable length film now!
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

Hyperbole is something I'd better avoid.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

I got my head bashed in at a demonstration against the Vietnam War. Police were losing control because they were up against a world they really didn't understand.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

I keep referring to them in the plural but all I'm dealing with is Bob. I don't know where Harvey fits in the equation. He was very present at the beginning, winding his brother up. I don't know where he is now.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

I was always keen to shock people and shake them up; Eric was a little bit more traditionally motivated in really being just funny all the time.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

I was born in 1940 in Minnesota and grew up in the country... dirt roads, swamps, lakes, woods.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

I was doing political cartoons and getting angry to the point where I felt I was going to have to start making and throwing bombs. I thought I was probably a better cartoonist than a bomb maker.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

I was getting frustrated with America. It's interesting how as simple a thing as, like, letting your hair grow longer changed in the world in those days.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

In advertising, I was frustrated by having to deal with the client. It was the only time I really worked in a proper office, and I didn't like it-simple as that.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

In New York, we used to go outside film studios and get reels of blank film, and we used to draw on them, do flipper books, that sort of thing.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

It was like a nightmare working with these guys. Here's how I get through this film: the Weinsteins don't exist. I didn't speak to them.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

It's 85 million dollars and they got to be really careful because they are going to need me.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

It's been interesting how kids have had hardly any problems watching it, but adults have more trouble. This happened way back even with Jabberwocky and Time Bandits.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

John Cleese was with a group called Cambridge Circus, who had come to New York, and we became friends. Years later that produced a certain team effort.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

Literally overnight, I became an animator... and one that was well-known.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director

People used to think we just faked all that stuff... it was all written, rehearsed. The fact that it looks as cobbled together as it does is just that we weren't very good.
Terry Gilliam
#British Director