Variety's report of Terry Gilliam's death was greatly exaggerated, but the 74-year-old Monty Python OG and iconic director is still sorry to have passed away, especially when he has some gigs lined up. It wasn't very considerate of him to die, and he insisted fans shouldn't believe Variety's subsequent retraction.
The hilarious awkwardness ensued after Variety -- usually very reliable -- tweeted news of the "12 Monkeys" and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" director's death:
is terry gilliam gone or does variety need to pay closer attention to their pre written obits? pic.twitter.com/ocMtIunmkD
— Danny Deck (@hdrewblackburn) September 8, 2015
The article was later pulled and Variety issued a correction/apology/retraction:
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
Cue a thousand Monty Python references -- from the knight in "Holy Grail" and the dead parrot sketch, to calls of "Bring out your dead!" and the sacking of Variety employees who have just been sacked. Gilliam got in on the fun himself, proving that he's not dead with an apology for his own demise:
I APOLOGIZE FOR BEING DEAD especially to those who have already bought tickets to the upcoming talks, but, Variety has...
Posted by Terry Gilliam on Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Brilliant! But on a more serious note, we're glad Gilliam is still alive, 'cause death is usually pretty permanent and we'd miss his unmatched talent and humor. However, since we're all still among the living, now might be a good time to rewatch Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life" so we know what the point was when it's really over.
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