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Terry Gilliam: I was the perfect guy to do Harry Potter

Posted by: Melissa
August 28, 2005, 07:45 AM

Terry Gilliam is interviewed in the September 2, 2005 issue of Entertainment Weekly, and mentions projects that have passed, and those that he's developed and worked on. Interviewer Gillian Flynn noted that JK Rowling wanted Gilliam for the Harry Potter films, and Gilliam replied:

I was reading the script as I was flying to Los Angeles for the [Warner Bros] meeting and thought, "Oh, she's seen Time Bandits, she's seen Monty Python." You know you're not going to get the job. It's just to keep her happy - due diligence. The terrible thing about it was during the course of the meeting, I started getting enthusiastic - I was even getting myself excited. I remember leaving the meeting, getting in my car and driving for about two hours along Mulholland Drive just so angry I'd allowed myself to get excited about it. I mean, Chris Columbus' versions are terrible. Just dull. Pedestrian. But I thought Alfonso Cuaron did a great job with the last one. I thought, Yeah, you got really close to it.

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1842 Points

It’s a shame Terry Gilliam didn’t get involved with the HP franchise. It would have been interesting to see what he could have added to the mix.

Posted by Bara on February 03, 2010, 02:38 PM report to moderator
169 Points

I think he was mean about Chris Columbus’s versions they’re not that bad!

Posted by NutsAboutHarry on October 14, 2010, 03:35 AM report to moderator
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