I was born in 1940 in Minnesota and grew up in the country... dirt roads, swamps, lakes, woods.

— Terry Gilliam

The most empowering Terry Gilliam quotes that will activate your inner potential

I've given up asking questions. l merely float on a tsunami of acceptance of anything life throws at me ... and marvel stupidly.

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I just like the fact I can make a film which might give comfort to some people who think they are the only crazy person in the world and suddenly they see there are two crazy people in the world.

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Reality and fantasy, we need both of those to survive.

If we don't have fantasy, dreams and all of those things, what's the point of carrying on? And you need to watch out for reality because buses come.

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I was doing political cartoons and getting angry to the point where I felt I was going to have to start making and throwing bombs. I thought I was probably a better cartoonist than a bomb maker.

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John Cleese was with a group called Cambridge Circus, who had come to New York, and we became friends. Years later that produced a certain team effort.

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I don't think you ever learn just one thing.

At some point you start unlearning things. I have been working hard to unlearn everything I know.

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I'm a cartoonist, it's what I am at heart, so cartoons take reality and deform it and make it grotesque, you make it funny, but you alter it. If it works, it's based on reality. That's what I try to do.

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You get trapped by stories. Though I've got this reputation for being out of control, it's not true, it just happens to be a more interesting story than the truth.

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Literally overnight, I became an animator... and one that was well-known.

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Fantasy isn't just a jolly escape: It's an escape, but into something far more extreme than reality, or normality. It's where things are more beautiful and more wondrous and more terrifying. You move into a world of conflicting extremes.

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If you really want your films to say something that you hope is unique, then patience and stamina, thick skin and a kind of stupidity, a mule-like stupidity, is what you really need.

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I got my head bashed in at a demonstration against the Vietnam War.

Police were losing control because they were up against a world they really didn't understand.

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About Terry Gilliam

Quotes 80 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Director
Birthday October 16

Gorillaz virtually changed my wife...sorry, I mean, life...no, actually, it was my wife.

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All films are learning processes. I am still trying to work out how you make a movie. I didn't study at film school or any of those things. I didn't bother with film theory.

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There are moments when television systems are young and haven't formed properly, and there's room for lots of original stuff. Then things become more and more top-heavy with executives who are trying to guarantee the success of things.

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There's something about living in the country that I think makes you inventive, because nature is full of miracles and wonder and surprises, and if you don't have much money, you have to make things if you want things.

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It's hard for me to worry about the studios losing money.

I'm not very sympathetic to their money problems, because they certainly haven't been sympathetic to mine.

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I was getting frustrated with America.

It's interesting how as simple a thing as, like, letting your hair grow longer changed in the world in those days.

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People in Hollywood are not showmen, they're maintenance men, pandering to what they think their audiences want.

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In advertising, I was frustrated by having to deal with the client.

It was the only time I really worked in a proper office, and I didn't like it-simple as that.

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The forces that run the world always try to keep things under control.

The population might be having a wonderful time, buying iPods and going to nice restaurants, but I still feel they're all kind of under control.

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I thought, how do you confuse violent Russian mobsters? Well, by being silly!

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Actually, I began to think that maybe there is a god, after all.

Or maybe its a different one. The old one got fired.

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Now, anybody can make a movie, and I don't see that many great movies, because I think there's only a limited amount of talent out there.

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You know the hardest thing to do in Hollywood is burn bridges.

There is usually some sucker who still likes me. There is usually some sucker who will still work with me.

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Writers do the self-censoring before they even get to the studio executive, because they know the film will not run that gauntlet. They, because they want to get their films made, they censor it.

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I can feel my dreams but I can't remember them.

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Whatever I do might be good, it might be bad, it might be all sorts of things, but it's not mediocre.

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People used to think we just faked all that stuff.

.. it was all written, rehearsed. The fact that it looks as cobbled together as it does is just that we weren't very good.

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Talent is less important in filmmaking than patience.

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Well, I really want to encourage a kind of fantasy, a kind of magic.

I love the term magic realism, whoever invented it – I do actually like it because it says certain things. It's about expanding how you see the world. I think we live in an age where we're just hammered, hammered to think this is what the world is. Television's saying, everything's saying 'That's the world.' And it's not the world. The world is a million possible things.

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The Brothers Grimm came along and I was so desperate for work.

.. Actually I've got to say that I like the movie, I won't apologize for it.

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[Steven Spielberg's films] are comforting, they always give you answers and I don't think they're very clever answers. The success of most Hollywood films these days is down to fact that they're comforting. They tie things up in nice little bows and give you answers, even if the answers are stupid, you go home and you don't have to think about it. The great filmmakers make you go home and think about it.

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It's 85 million dollars and they got to be really careful because they are going to need me.

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I keep referring to them in the plural but all I'm dealing with is Bob.

I don't know where Harvey fits in the equation. He was very present at the beginning, winding his brother up. I don't know where he is now.

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We took up the offer with the BBC, and that was Monty Python's Flying Circus.

I didn't have to submit my ideas to the group. I used to turn up on the days we recorded with a can of film under my arm, and in it went.

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There was a perverse side of me, with things like Van Helsing coming out.

I didn't want to go down that route.

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I'm more prone to anarchy than I am to control - even though I'm a film director.

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Every few years when it's been another five years that have passed and I haven't made a film and the depression starts taking over totally, I allow myself to do a commercial. And then I feel really dirty and get to work promptly.

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Invariably, what I'm trying to do is more ambitious than the budget, but we manage to do it somehow.

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I like being a patron of things, I like patronizing things.

And if it's not going to be people, I'll patronize a festival.

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I have always got medicine I want to give to people.

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It's the shock of the world if you allow yourself to disconnect from the world and forget it's out there, how noisy it is, how busy it is, how invasive it is.

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I think that's the problem with kids now.

Everything is manufactured. And then they're sitting there watching the television, where all the work is done for them. Radio made me use my imagination.

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It's been interesting how kids have had hardly any problems watching it, but adults have more trouble. This happened way back even with Jabberwocky and Time Bandits.

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When it came to slaughtering sacred cows with such crude yet perfect musical precision, there was no one better than Frank. I wonder what songs he's teaching the angels right now? Good luck God! You've got your hands full this time.

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Nobody went to see Tideland! I was hoping people would get angry about it but those that saw it didn't want to talk about it. This is the world we're living in, people don't want to discuss things that are actually worth discussing.

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I find Hollywood gives these pat stories, and they're reassuring stories, and I don't really want to give people that. Hollywood does all that work. I'm offering, sometimes, an alternative to that. The answers aren't black-and-white. There may not even be answers in certain instances. The ground is not necessarily solid, either. So you've got to keep awake the whole time, even after the movie is over.

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Everybody gets excited about technology, but it doesn't interest me in the least. I'm only interested in it if it makes my job easier or cheaper. They're tools.

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