My Terry Jones experience - Part 2 - 3rd third
Our time with Terry Jones is almost at the end by now, the 25 minutes call we heard is now a 15 minutes call. Terry looks calm. He’s got a very relax and friendly expression, always smiling. He’s got a way of making us feel at home. 5 minutes into the conversation and I completely forgot the nervousness I was feeling a couple of minutes earlier. There is something special about confirming personally the idea we make of a person we grew up watching, making us laugh and who we really look up to…
There is still time for a couple of questions. We shoot them as quickly as we can. I asked him why he wears his watch at the waist. We knew that before and we knew there was a reason for it, but we never knew why. He explains: “That’s my own little anarchy.” It’s all about not liking and nor letting himself be ruled by the watch. The need for watches came along with the ongoing building of factories and modern life. It’s really almost something imposed. We’ve got to be on time, we got to check the time, we got to leave on time… “Think of the agricultural way of life. Nobody used to use watches. It wasn’t important”. Maybe that’s the why it’s 10 minutes ‘til the curtains go up and he’s still in that wee room with us. Then João asked him about the “Find the fish” scene on “The Meaning of Life”:
JC: One of the most beautiful and yet eccentric scenes I’ve ever seen is that scene from The Meaning of Life. What were you thinking when you wrote it?
TJ: (Laughing) I don’t know! It was a scene I did for the middle of the movie. I actually still don’t know how the others went along with the idea! (Laughs) The factory was incredibly beautiful, there were all these knobs and thing to push and pull, it was just incredibly beautiful.
For the last question, João asked Mr. Jones if there was anyone who we’d really liked to have met, someone he admired as a boy. “I don’t think… Maybe Buster Keaton. I’d like to have met him, but I never did.” – “Well I’m sorry to hear that, Sir – says João- “because I can now tell you, it’s the most wonderful feeling.”
Our time was up. We say our goodbyes, look around for the last time and get on going to the main room, where another show is about to begin… For the second time. =D