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After 30 years, Terry Gilliam finishes his 'cursed' Don Quixote film

In 1989, Gilliam decided to make a movie loosely based on Don Quixote, but the film seemed cursed from the beginning. Now, 30 years later, that film is finally here.
Actor Jonathan Pryce with filmmaker Terry Gilliam on the set of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. (Universal Pictures)

Over the years there have been many attempts to make Don Quixote, the famous Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes, into a good movie. Orson Welles and Walt Disney both tried and gave up. Then along came Terry Gilliam.

Gilliam is a founding member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. In 1989, he decided to make a movie loosely based on Don Quixote, but the film seemed cursed from the beginning: funding fell through, sets flooded and original cast members died.

Despite those setbacks, Gilliam persisted in trying to make his movie. Now, after 30 years, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is finally here.

Gilliam's Don Quixote film takes place in the present day. It's about a filmmaker, played by Adam Driver, who returns to a small Spanish village years after making a Don Quixote film there. He discovers that his lead actor, played by Jonathan Pryce, still thinks he's Don Quixote.

Gilliam joined q's Tom Power to talk about The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and how his struggle to make the film nearly destroyed him.

The film is in select theatres all across North America for one night only on Wednesday, April 10.

Click 'listen' near the top of this page to hear the full interview.

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