Interview: Terry Gilliam on “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”

In December 2009 I had the honor of conducting an on-camera interview with cinematic genius and Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam to discuss The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus for SundanceChannel.com.

In the weeks leading up to the premiere, Heath Ledger’s death during the production of Parnassus dominated the press coverage.  My line of questioning focused mainly on Gilliam’s creative, casting,  and production processes but inevitably led to a question of how he was able to complete production of the film after Ledger’s untimely death.  Sensitive to this, I kept the question based on how it affected production, rather than ask Terry to repeat (as he already had in other interviews) what went through his mind when he first heard that Ledger had died.

A special thanks to Terry and the camera operator who kindly gave me some additional time for some non-Parnassus questions that I hope to include in future posts.

All three parts of the interview as well as press clips from the film can be seen here.

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