People Are Always Looking for a Perfect Film ... and This Is It; TEAMWORK: Co-Writers Michael Palin, Left, and Terry Gilliam
Byline: Antonia Hoyle
FEW would relish the prospect of being stripped to their underclothes,tied to a tree in a Welsh forest and repeatedly doused with cold water by thelocal fire brigade on a brisk May morning.
Michael Palin, Monty Python creator, award-winning screen actor and epictraveller, has always been prepared to suffer for his art.
However, even his powers of endurance were taxed to the limit during thefilming of the sciencefiction fantasy Time Bandits, which featured locations asdiverse as the intense heat of Morocco and the damper, unpredictable climate ofmid-Wales.
'Whenever we needed fine, dry weather for action scenes, it would rain,'explains Palin. 'And, of course, when we wanted it to rain, it would be a fineday. So when we came to shoot the scene with the tree, it was cold but dry,when the script demanded wet.
'There were several aspects to the scene, so Shelley Duvall [who played hisscreen girlfriend Pansy] and I would get soaked by the fire brigade, dry offfor half an hour, then get soaked all over again for the next take.'
Time Bandits features a young boy, Kevin, played by Craig Warnock, who pursuessix villainous dwarves as they ransack their way through space and time.
An instant box-office success on its release in 1981, Time Bandits is nowregarded as a minor classic of British cinema and one of the most imaginativefantasy films of all time. …