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When it comes to 'Monty Python', everyone thinks the brains behind it were Brits. For the most part, they'd be right. But it's easy to forget one of the creative minds is American Terry Gilliam.
Born and raised in the US, Terry started out as an animator, with a bizarre, surreal style. By the mid Sixties he became disillusioned with America, left for London, and by 1969, made his mark with 'Monty Python's Flying Circus.' And when Python hit the big screen, Gilliam co-directed 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', and later 'The Meaning of Life' - two instant cult classics.
Along the way, he's also directed 'Time Bandits', 'The Fisher King', and '12 Monkeys'. All of which have the recurring theme of being imaginative, dark and unusual. So it should come as no surprise to learn that Terry was J.K. Rowling's choice to direct the first 'Harry Potter' movie.
But his reputation for going over budget, and his legendary battles with studios got in the way. Instead, Terry has put his energy behind other movies, including his latest project, Heath Ledger's final movie, 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus'.