The film was the idea of entrepreneur Victor Lowneshead of Playboy UKwho convinced the group that a feature film would be the ideal way to introduce them to the US market. First day of filming the Holy Grail. Graham, as King Arthur, got vertigo and couldn't go across the bridge. An MGM spokesman said Cleese would add to what was a commercial success last time: John wanted to be Brian - and was furious when we said no Cleese on Palin.
The Holy Grail took shape gradually and at the beginning it had far more ideas in it than ended up on screen because you had to have a narrative.
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When I mentioned rewrites of the film, John cryptically hinted that he would try to make himself available but was going to Africa for three months. Feb 27, The Holy Grail is gathering an almost inexorable impetus. Also you experience this pleasant feeling that, just by jumping into the river, you have justified your existence for that day, and can relax into a state of quiet euphoria. None of the investors seemed anxious to shake us by the hand. May 13 The day of the Mud-Eater.