Terry Gilliam on Python and Renouncing America

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Famed director sits down with Peter Travers to talk about the 40th anniversary of Monty Python and many other things. Among them? Renouncing his American citizenship!

33 thoughts on “Terry Gilliam on Python and Renouncing America

  1. Renouncing citizenship is not renouncing a nation.This interview occured in America! He's renouncing his legal relationship to that nation. Gillium isn't boycotting America, it's film industry, or it's money.

  2. Not every joke in a Terry Gilliam film or Python sketch is funny to me but some of the jokes were so well crafted and so funny my brain went numb when I saw them. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the creation of these international treasures! These enduring works of art! You have enriched the lives of many.

  3. Amazing how all the comments are from Americans offended that anyone would renounce American citizenship. He's not stamping on the flag in this interview. This sort of over-reaction is exactly why some Americans choose to live elsewhere. It also enables them to gain a different perspective on the US. It's his choice. Get over yourselves.

  4. What a jerk. So he didn't like Bush, Jr. When Obama was elected did he consider reclaiming his American citizenship? Then of course he'd  have to renounce it when Trump got elected. This is a republic. Party control of the White House changes. Usually every 8 years. I don't think the tax issue holds water. He had dual citizenship. He didn't want it good riddance.

  5. Wow! somebody who actually left the country because he didn't agree with the current political atmosphere. Bravo !!!! bravo I say! Now, if only we can get more of his colleagues, in Hollywood, to keep there word and follow him. Could you imagine Alec Baldwin only here for thirty days a year!! Glorious.

  6. There is no shame or glory in renouncing American citizenship. The renouncing process is there for people like Terry whose fate, career and life's pursuits have taken them beyond American borders. America is not a prison.

  7. I saw Brazil when I was 7 years old. We had it on the Beta. I've seen it so much that I have the dialogue memorized. When I was very young, we had an explosion of imaginative video from the new Twilight Zones to his stuff. I was lucky to grow up on it. Its hard to like the work of Micheal Bay when you started out with Terry Gilliam.

  8. Traitor? Tax dodger? That's how America began, folks. Remember? And now America is the new England, taxing its citizens without representation. Because both parties have become power-mad greed-heads. Want to do something about it? What? How? Start a violent revolution? Good luck. Terry Gilliam is only a film maker, not a politician, or revolutionary. I haven't seen a Terry Gillam movie since 12 Monkeys. Not his best. In fact, it's one of my least favorite time travel movies, ever. Give me The Fisher King any day. Not to mention Brazil. When I first heard he wanted to film Don Quixote, I groaned. But just learned it's called, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, based on the book, loosely. Which is a good sign. Brazil was based on 1984 only loosely. A book he said, he never actually read. Is it hoping too much Terry has never actually read the Cervantes novel?

  9. There was a time in life when renouncing American citizenship would have made my blood boil. Age and life experience have a way of imparting perspective. 

    Mr. Gilliam has the right to be a citizen of the nation of his choice. Not certain that I would make the same decision as he did, but the mentality of "my clod of dirt is the best in the world… because I was born here" seems pretty silly. He doesn't "owe" the United States a goddamned thing simply because he was born in the US. A lot of people have renounced their citizenship over the years for reasons far less honorable than wanting your family to be secure.

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