How we made Monty Python’s Life of Brian

‘We didn’t ad lib because John Cleese doesn’t like it – ironically, he’s a fundamentalist when it comes to humour’

We were on a publicity tour in Amsterdam for Monty Python and the Holy Grail when Eric Idle came up with the title Jesus Christ: Lust for Glory. We all laughed: “We could never do that!” But we liked the challenge of doing a film about religion. Then someone suggested it be set around the time when Jesus was alive, but it’s a case of mistaken identity. Someone who’s thought to be the Messiah, but spends the whole film protesting that he isn’t.

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Source: theguardian
How we made Monty Python’s Life of Brian