exclusive swedish interview with eric

interview from nöjesbladet about the swedish premere of spamalot, translated by yours truely

eric about....

..."Monty Pythons" continued popularity:

"Monty Python" have always been popular in sweden. but it seems to me its popular all over the world. it has been shown in 98 contreys. right now we are on in russia, before that it was on in japan. its pretty simple: humans are humans. we have pretty few emotions and a limited number of expressions to use. if something is funny, why would it not be funny in some other countrey?

...to have influensed todays comedy-stars:

its crazy, the degree of influence we have had. especially in america. if you talk to people like robin williams, steve martin, garry shandling, they all changed their lifes and became comedians because of us. but the same thing happened to me when I saw "beyond the fringe" with peter cook and dudely moore. I think you discover what you like when you are yong, then you stick to that.

..that swedish Nina Söderquist - who was a success in "Spamalot" in West End is pregnant and not in the new swedish version:

yes, I heard that. its a bit of a bummer, but maybe she can return in some other way. she was amazing as lady of the lake in london. very very good

...his advice to the swedish actors in "Spamalot":

my advice is to always be true. even if you are silly and crazy, the thing is you must be true to your character. if you are the audience will notice that you are.

...to be influenced by swedish movies:

we used to do parodies of the bergman-movies. they were big in the 60s when we were growing up. terry jones did a scene as death from seventh seal when he gets a pie in the face.

...the future:

I write all the time. I have a partner, john du prez, that I have ben writing with for 32 years. much longer than python ever were active. we have written hundrads of songs together. I dont work for others, I dont do movies anymore. I love to come up with things and see how crazy they can get.

...to see spemalot all over the world:

this might sound like bragging, and I dont mean to be arrogant,but I have never seen it fail. the audience absolutely loves it. after five minutes they realize "oh, this can be fun!" I have seen it in barcelona, madrid. I havent seen it in paris or ungary yet. its hard to fit that in, when I at the same time try to get work done. and spamalot is in austrailia, all over america, I went to it in las vegas quite a lot. maybe too much (laughs)

...his view of comedy:

the most exiting moment is when you see the audience reaction "oh, this is funny!" or "no, its not!" all comedy is theory before they laugh. thats why comedy is a sience and not an artform

http://blogg.aftonbladet.se/nojesbloggen/2010/09/exklusivt-eric-idle-pra...

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mrsCutout: Oh thanks Thina you're the best! Ah Ewic is so silly! And that's why we love him! So?Russia ?Come heere too!

the_thina at 2:50 pm September 28

no problem my dear friend. :)

kisch: Erm, Eric, as far as I know Monty Python is not on in Russia. And I should know, I live here:))

Thank you for the translation, Thina, Eric is always a great fun to read!

the_thina at 2:50 pm September 28

maybe on some channel you dont have?

genji at 11:08 am September 28

Oh, shush. He's 67, you know.

kisch at 11:24 am September 28

Well, I wish they were on in Russia! It's been a long while since last time.

TheRealGilliamFan: thanks for the translation.

"my advice is to always be true. even if you are silly and crazy, the thing is you must be true to your character." -- i think this part is particularly true and what makes the Pythons so funny. they are 100% committed to the character. it's the same (for me) with Christopher Guest films - that's why they're so funny.

the_thina at 11:03 pm September 27

no problem. :) yeah, thats one of the things I always loved about python as well. the first time I saw python (life of brian when I was 10 years old) it even took me quite a while before I understood that brians mother was in fact a man. haha

genji: Thanks for that - an interesting read.

the_thina at 8:38 pm September 27

no problem. :)

genji at 9:43 pm September 27

I particularly enjoyed the bit about: "its pretty simple: humans are humans. we have pretty few emotions and a limited number of expressions to use. if something is funny, why would it not be funny in some other countrey?" I tried to make that point on another thread.

the_thina at 11:00 pm September 27

oh yeah? must have missed that thread I think.
but I have noticed that we are many fans here in sweden/scandinavia as he says in the beginning.
even tho I know python-fans from all over the world they dont seem to be widely known everywhere... I dont know if we in the upper part of europe (UK included, even if its not a part of scanadinavia) have the same type of humor...