18 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Monty Python Films

Despite making a successful TV show, the legendary comedy troupe had a very hard time getting financial support for their movies. The Holy Grail, for example, had to be financed by rock stars and record labels because no studio was willing to give the group money.

Let’s take a look at that and 17 more behind-the-scenes facts about Monty Python movies:

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESFACTS ROCK MUSIC HELPED FINANCE THE MOVIE THE HOLY GRAIL The movie managed to get made thanks to the financial backing of rock bands like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, and several record labels. Pink Floyd bandmates used the proceeds from their hit album Dark Side of the Moon

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESFACTS GRAHAM CHAPMAN QUIT DRINKING FOR THE MOVIE. LIFE OF BRIAN Before the movie started shooting, Chapman's drinking problem was such an issue that John Cleese proposed to take oveR the role of Brian. Chapman decided to get his act together and quit drinking in order to play the

The Irish Times

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESFACTS THERE IS ALMOST NO IMPROVISATION IN PYTHON FILMS. LIFE OF BRIAN CRACKED COM According to Terry Gilliam, the Pythons almost never ad-libbed because John Cleese didn't like the practice. Gilliam describes Cleese as a fundamentalist when it comes to humor.

The Irish Times

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESFACTS GEORGE HARRISON SAVED THE MOVIE. LIFE OF BRIAN CRACKEDCO The Pythons were ready to give up on the project because no studio would help them finance it. The ex-Beatle guitarist was such a fan of the group that he mortgaged his house SO he could put up $4 million

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESF FACTS WRITER'S BLOCK LED TO THE ANIMATOR DYING GAG. THE HOLY GRAIL CRACKED.COM Terry Gilliam says he couldn't figure out how to end the animated chase between the Knights of the Round Table and the Black Beast of Argh. He decided that killing the animator/himself would be a good

Film School Rejects

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESP COMPRESSED SOUP WAS USED FOR THE VOMIT. THE MEANING OF LIFE For the iconic Mr Creosote' sketch, the production team put compressed soup into canisters and then catapulted it out of Terry Jones's suit. Jones spent three hours in the makeup chair to transform into the character.

The Guardian

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESFACTS HALF OF THE MOVIE WAS ALMOST SET IN MODERN TIMES. THE HOLY GRAIL CRACKED COM In the Pythons' first draft of the movie, half of the story was set in medieval times and the other half in modern times. They eventually decided to set the whole thing in medieval times

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESFACTS A LACK OF MONEY LED TO THE COCONUT GAG. THE HOLY GRAIL CRACKED.COM Although it might seem like a brilliant joke, coconuts being a replacement for galloping sounds was actually done out of necessity. Micheal Palin came up with the idea because they couldn't afford real horses.

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESACTS LIFE OF BRIAN WAS BORN DURING A PROMOTIONAL TOUR. LIFE OF BRIAN ORACKED During a promotional tour for The Holy Grail, Eric ldle jokingly made up a title for their next movie, Jesus Christ: Lust for Glory. The other Pythons liked the idea and decided a comedy about religion

BBC

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The opening credits feature a Douglas Adams joke.

While they were shooting the film, the author called Terry Jones to tell him about the similarly titled book he just wrote, The Meaning of Liff

The Guardian

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESFACTS THEY ONLY HAD ACCESS TO ONE CASTLE. THE HOLY GRAIL CRACKED CO All the various castle shots seen in the movie were actually filmed using the Doune castle in Scotland. The filmmakers had no other option because other castles wouldn't let them film a comedy on their property.

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESFACTS STUDENTS WERE HIRED TO PLAY SOLDIERS. THE HOLY GRAIL CRACKED COM The Pythons hired around 175 University of Stirling students for around $20 each to play the soldiers at the big battle at the end of the movie.

The Courier

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESFACTS GRAHAM CHAPMAN SERVED AS A DOCTOR ON SET. LIFE OF BRIAN Chapman, who was doctor before becoming an actor, looked after the cast and crew while they were filming in Tunisia. He was particularly helpful with all the stomach problems people had during the shoot.

The Irish Times

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESFACTS THE YTHONS DIDN'T ENJOY SHOOTING THE MOVIE. THE HOLY GRAIL CRACKED CON COM John Cleese says that the infamous Scottish weather made the whole cast miserable. They were constantly wet due to the rain and couldn't afford decent protection because the movie had a limited budget of $400,000.

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESFACTS KIDS DIDN'T ACTUALLY HEAR ANY BAD WORDS. THE MEANING OF LIFE CRACKED.COM While filming the Every Sperm Is Sacred sketch, Terry Jones actually sang a little rubber thing on the end of his sock' in front of the children. The song with all the naughty words was dubbed in

The Guardian

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESFACTS GOD IS ACTUALLY A FAMOUS CRICKETER. THE HOLY GRAIL CRACKED COR For the animation of God appearing to King Arthur, Terry Gilliam used a picture of W.G. Grace, a legendary English cricketer.

Film School Rejects

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESFACTS IT TOOK A WEEK TO SHOOT THE BLACK KNIGHT FIGHT SCENE. THE HOLY GRAIL CRACKEDC COM The scene was shot near the end of filming when the production was already broke. John Cleese's voice was only supposed to be a temporary placeholder during filming, however, the filmmakers eventually decided

Film School Rejects

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BEHIND-THE-SCENESFACTS THE MOVIE ISN'T MAKING FUN OF CHRISTIANITY. LIFE OF BRIAN CRACKEDCO COM Michael Palin says the movie is strictly parodying the blind following of messiahs during that time period. The Pythons went out of their way to not make biblical jokes and even cut several scenes that featured jokes

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