On Tuesday, Sept. 8, comedy legend Terry Gilliam passed away at age XXX.
And on the next day, he rose again.
The Monty Python member and director of Brazil and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas leapt into the news in the weirdest way after Variety posted a tweet and story claiming he had died at age XXX.
Terry Gilliam dead? Did somebody press the publish button on the wrong post? pic.twitter.com/LyiB3Z64pR— Sean Fitzgerald (@SeanDFitzgerald) September 8, 2015
CORRECTION: Variety incorrectly published an article stating that director Terry Gilliam passed away. We're deeply sorry for the mistake.— Variety (@Variety) September 8, 2015
Gilliam, ever the team player, jumped in and did his part.
Perhaps someone at Variety is a big Monty Python fan and was subtly referencing this sketch?
The obituary’s author, Dave McNary, perhaps?
Very Pythonesque https://t.co/uXE3oOgi4q— Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) September 9, 2015
In any event, Gilliam is set to release a memoir next month, Gilliamesque, and has been urging fans not to believe Variety‘s retraction. Who could ask for better publicity than a fake death?H/T The Guardian | Photo via colink./Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)