Terry Gilliam

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Director Terry Gilliam chats about "The Zero Theorem," his film about a man tasked with proving that everything is meaningless. (8:13)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> STEPHEN: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY!

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS AN ACCLAIMEDFILMMAKER WHO GOT HIS START WITH

MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS,AND NOW HE DOES SOMETHING

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

PLEASE WELCOME TERRY GILLIAM!

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>> STEPHEN: I'M A HUGE FAN!

I LOVE YOU, STEVE CARELL!

>> OH, OH, AHHH!

>> HOW DO WE LOOK?

(LAUGHTER)♪♪

(LAUGHTER)♪♪

(LAUGHTER)♪♪

>> WHOO!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)WHOO!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> STEPHEN: TERRY!

HEY!

THANKS FOR COMING ON!

>> THANK YOU!

>> STEPHEN: THANK YOU FORBEING HERE TONIGHT AND WEARING

WHAT I ASSUME IS YOUR FORMALBATHROBE.

>> MM-HMM.

YES.

>> STEPHEN: TERRY, GOOD TO SEEYOU.

>> IT'S GOOD TO BE IN THE TEMPLEOF COLBERT.

>> STEPHEN: THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I'LL TAKE THE EXTRA T.

I'M SAVING THEM AND SENDING THEMOFF TO THE FRENCH COUNTRIES

THAT NEED THEM. IN YOUR MOVIESLIKE "BRAZIL" AND "12 MONKEYS"

AND IN THIS ONE CALLED "THE ZERO

THEOREM," THE FUTURE IS NOT THEHAPPIEST PLACE IN THE WORLD.

WHY DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE ASBLEAK?

MAYBE THINGS ALL WORK OUT IN THEFUTURE.

>> HAVE YOU WATCHED THE FILM?

>> STEPHEN: I SAW 40 SECONDSOF IT.

>> THAT'S ENOUGH.

EXACTLY.

IT'S WHAT I SUSPECTED ALL ALONG.

I HAVE BEEN BROUGHT HERE, AND ASYOU SEE THE WORKS, THE OEUVRE

>> STEPHEN: I DON'T SPEAKSPANISH

IT'S THE WAY THE FRENCHPRONOUNCE "COLBERT."

SO I THOUGHT YOU'D BE FAMILIARWITH THAT.

>> STEPHEN: WHY DON'T WE SHOWTHE AUDIENCE A LITTLE BIT OF IT.

>> IF YOU WISH

>> STEPHEN: I DON'T PARTICULARLY(LAUGHTER)

THANK GOD THERE'S INTELLIGENTPEOPLE IN THIS AUDIENCE

THAT WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH

>> LET'S SEE A LITTLE BIT

IT'S THE "THE ZERO THEOREM."

>> THANK YOU.

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>> STEPHEN: WILL I BE SAD WHEN

I LEAVE THE MOVIE?

>> YOU WILL.

BUT YOU WILL LAUGH BEFORE YOU'RESAD.

YOU WILL GO THROUGH ALL THEEMOTIONS LIFE CAN GIVE US.

>> STEPHEN: WILL I BE ASADDER, BUT WISER MAN?

>> WIDER, SADDER, BUT WHEN YOUREFLECT ON IT LATER, YOU WILL

REALIZE YOU SAW TRUTH ANDYOU'RE A MAN WHO BELIEVES IN

TRUTH.

>> STEPHEN: I BELIEVE IN MYTRUTH (LAUGHTER)

MY TRUTH IS IS THE TRUTH THAT IWISH TO BE TRUE, NOT WHAT

THE FACTS SUPPORT.

I DON'T WANT TO BE SADDER ANDWISER, I WANT TO BE HAPPIER AND

DUMBER.

>> NOW YOU UNDERSTAND WHY IHAVE RENOUNCED MY AMERICAN

CITIZENSHIP.

>> STEPHEN: BECAUSE YOU DON'TWANT TO BE A HAPPY IDIOT?

>> YES!

I THINK YOU PUT IT BEAUTIFULLY(LAUGHTER)

I DON'T NEED TO SAYANYTHING. (APPLAUSE)

>> STEPHEN: I NOTICED A THEME.IN BRAZIL, IT WAS

BIG GOVERNMENT.

>> YES.

>> STEPHEN: YOU SEEM MOREAFRAID OR THREATENED BY

CORPORATIONS.

>> I THINK WE OUGHT TO.

I THINK YOU MIGHT EVEN AGREEWITH ME ON SOME OF THIS.

>> STEPHEN: PROBABLY NOT.

>> STEPHEN, STEPHEN...

>> STEPHEN: TELL THE PEOPLEWATCHING THIS GREAT VIACOM

PROGRAM WHY CORPORATIONS ARE BADRIGHT NOW.

(LAUGHTER)>> I THINK WE'VE GOT TO REACH

ACROSS THIS GAP THAT'SSEPARATING US.

LET'S HOLD HANDS AND THINKTOGETHER.

>> STEPHEN: OKAY.

>> CORPORATIONS -->> STEPHEN: CORPORATIONS, YES,

THEY'RE PEOPLE.

>> THEY MAKE US HAPPY.

>> STEPHEN: THEY DO BECAUSETHEY PROVIDE THINGS LIKE THIS.

THIS BEAUTIFUL THING.

>> EXACTLY.

>> STEPHEN: THIS IS ABEAUTIFUL THING OF THE FUTURE.

OH, OKAY.

YES, THAT OLD THING!

(APPLAUSE)(LAUGHTER)

YOU'VE GOT TO GET YOURSELF A NEWGIRL!

>> THIS ONE DOESN'T HAVE THEUNSIGHTLY BULGE IN THE TROUSERS.

IT'S THE OLD ONE.

>> STEPHEN: OH REALLY?

BUT THIS ONE MAKES ME LOOK HAPPYTO SEE YOU.

(LAUGHTER)IN THE MOVIE, CHRIS OWNS --

>> HE OWNS NOTHING.

HE'S A MAN WHO WORKS FOR ACORPORATION.

HE'S INCREDIBLY SKILLED AT THECOMPUTER ACTIVITY.

>> STEPHEN: I THOUGHT HE WASPLAYING TWO PIANOS AT ONCE.

>> HE CAN DO THAT AS WELL.

HE'S AN ACTOR, A CHARACTER ANDBRILLIANT PIANIST IN PRIVATE

LIFE.

BUT WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUTTHAT.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE MOVIE.

HE'S A COMPUTER GENIUS AND HEHAS A TASK OF SOLVING THE ZERO

THEOREM TO PROVE EVERYTHING ISMEANINGLESS.

ALL IS NOTHING.

>> STEPHEN: MAYBE NOTHING ISALL.

>> GLASS HALF FULL, HALF EMPTY.

>> STEPHEN: MAYBE HALF FULL.

MAYBE FULL OF URINE AND YOUWOULDN'T WANT TO DRINK IT

(LAUGHTER)>> YES.

BUT THAT'S HIS TASK.

THE PROBLEM IS HE'S ANTISOCIAL.

HE'S NOT A SOCIAL NETWORKER.

HE TRIES TO DISCONNECT FROM THATAND WORK AT HOME LIKE SO MANY OF

US DREAM OF.

>> STEPHEN: IS THIS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL?

DO YOU LIKE PEOPLE, TERRY?

>> WHAT I LIKE TO CALL IS POSTOR PRE-POST AUTO BIOGRAPHICAL.

PRE-POST-AUTO BIOGRAPHICAL.

IS THAT ON THE ASPERGER'S SCALE?

(LAUGHTER)>> THERE YOU GO.

AS A DIRECTOR, I HAVE TOIDENTIFY WITH MY MAIN CHARACTER.

OTHER WISE, HOW CAN YOU ANSWERTHE QUESTIONS.

DURING THE MOVIE, WE LAUGHED ALOT AND MADE JOKES.

IN THE END, I FOUND I HAD BECOMETHE CHARACTER CHRISTOPH PLAYED

SO BRILLIANTLY IN THE FILM.

I LOVE MY COMPUTER.

MY WIFE HAS BEGUN TO QUESTION MYSEXUALITY.

>> STEPHEN: THAT OUTFITDOESN'T HELP.

(LAUGHTER)>> HER OSHKOSH DUNGAREES, WE

BALANCE.

I THINK IT'S GOOD FOR MEN TODISCOVER THEIR FEMININITY AND

WOMEN TO DISCOVER THEIRMASCULINITY. THERE'S NOTHING

WRONG WITH IT IF YOU'RECONFIDENT.

>> STEPHEN: AS LONG AS YOUHAVE A SAFE WORD.

PUMPKIN PATCH, TERRY.

PUMPKIN PATCH.

>> I DON'T WANT TO PUSH YOUHERE.

>> STEPHEN: YOU'RE NOT PUSHINGME AT ALL., I'M UNPUSHABLE.

MY CHI IS SO STRONG I CAN'T BEPUSHED.

>> THE POINT IS WILL YOU AND CANYOU BE COMFORTABLE WEARING

WOMEN'S CLOTHING?

>> STEPHEN: TERRY, I WISH IHAD TIME TO SHOW YOU.

I'M VERY COMFORTABLE WEARINGWOMEN'S CLOTHING.

>> 811, TRIBECA GRAND HOTEL.TALK TO YOU LATER

(LAUGHTER)>> STEPHEN: TERRY GILLIAM,

"THE ZERO THEOREM" OPENSTOMORROW!

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK!