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The A-Z Of Terry Gilliam
An alphabetical guide to the singular - and possibly cursed - director

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HOLLYWOOD

Twelve Monkeys

It’s fair to say that Terry Gilliam and Hollywood aren’t the best of friends. In the great Twelve Monkeys documentary, The Hamster Factor, he’s baffled to hear himself described by the media as a Hollywood director: “Hollywood? I’ve now become a Hollywood director. There’s no stopping these folks...”. From Brazil onwards, each film seemed to have its own little drama, as Gilliam tussled with executives over his vision. He fought Universal over Brazil’s final cut, saw Baron Munchausen’s costs explode (at the expense of the marketing budget), and battled with the suits over Tideland’s tiny US release (and a stealthily rejigged aspect ratio on the DVD). But surely his biggest, most dangerous opponent came in the form of one Harvey Weinstein (see “W”).

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