April 16, 2024

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Eric Idle, 80, got a little too much from 'Monty Python': 'I still have to work to make ends meet' |  celebrities

Eric Idle, 80, got a little too much from 'Monty Python': 'I still have to work to make ends meet' | celebrities

celebritiesHe's already eighty years old, but Monty Python star Eric Idle still has to work for financial reasons. He earned very little from his rich career. This revealed to X. “I never thought the income stream would decline to such a catastrophic extent.”

“I don't know why people always assume we're in. Financially, 'Monty Python' was a disaster,” says Idle. “I never thought that at this age my income stream would drop so catastrophically. I still have to work to make ends meet, which is not easy at this age. He was also forced to sell his house.

Along with John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Graham Chapman and Michael Palin, Idle formed the legendary comedy group Monty Python. This is how actors became known in the 1970s. Idle's most famous film role is as Sir Robin in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, although he also appeared in Life of Brian. Idle also appeared in the third film, “Shrek,” and created the medieval musical “Spamalot,” which won a prestigious Tony Award.

Despite the success of “Monty Python,” Idle has very little left of that period. According to him, this has to do with mismanagement. The group was run by his former colleague Terry Gilliam and his daughter. “One Gilliam is bad enough,” the actor says. “Two can destroy an entire company.”


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Graham Chapman and Eric Idle in a movie
Graham Chapman and Eric Idle in “Life of Brian.” © Life of Brian

However, he is not sad because of the lack of money. “I don’t mind not being rich,” Idle writes. “I'd rather be funny.” Things are going well for the actor and comedian, who is currently working on the screenplay for a film adaptation of the popular Monty Python musical “Spamalot.” “I'm engaged and writing again. This is what I love most: creating new performances. I've been doing it since 1963, and it's a great feeling.”

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