Widespread national print news coverage for Monty Python film editor Julian Doyle
There has been widespread national print coverage for film editor Julian Doyle, who has revealed in a story by Palamedes PR that some of Monty Python’s most famous sketches were almost lost to the cutting room floor because the stars thought they were “too silly, too dull, or too offensive”.
Mr Doyle, who worked on Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, and The Holy Grail either as editor or special effects designer, said several of the films’ signature scenes were nearly canned over concerns they were not funny.
The stars were “sticklers for perfection” and feared certain gags could damage the films by falling flat with audiences.
The Pythons thought the sword fight between King Arthur and the Black Knight should be removed from The Holy Grail because it was “so bloody that it was killing the rest of the film”.
And with Life of Brian, John Cleese believed the famed ‘Biggus Dickus’ scene, in which he co-stars with Michael Palin and Chapman, became “too silly” and wanted to cut the end section. from the film.
Many precious moments of comedy gold were saved thanks to Doyle’s “fanatical persistence”.
Our story has generated print coverage in the Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Daily Star and Metro, among others.