Terry Gilliam: "The more they steal from me, the more proud I feel"

Oct 22, 2015

Terry Gilliam spent the first 12 years of his life in Minnesota, but he would go on to become the one of the most beloved entertainers in British history.

The more they steal from me, the more proud I feel. - Terry Gilliam

He is one of the founding members of Monty Python and the man responsible for the art and animation that defined the look of the group.  He has a new memoir out, called Gilliamesque: A Pre-posthumous Memoir.

When asked how he feels about imitators, or people who have been inspired by his work, Gilliam says he feels proud.

"I think of all the people that influenced me, and this is what I think is great about art," he says. "You pass on to others, who then take it further or a slightly different angle. That's all we do. There's very little originality out there; everything is passed on. And it's great."

On this Talk of Iowa segment, Charity Nebbe talks with Gilliam ahead of his appearance in Iowa City. He will be speaking inside the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. The lecture is free.