John Cleese took his signature comic style and tackled some pretty dark subjects this weekend. At a promotional event for his new autobiography at the Cheltenham Literary Festival on Sunday, Cleese didn’t shy away from the fact that, not only is he done with movies, but he also might be done with the real world.
Talking about death, the comedian said he’s not dreading it because ”[m]ost of the best people are dead—I will be in excellent company having a wonderful time.” He also touched on some perks of escaping the modern world in his darkly comic manner: “I have only got five or six years left and I will be gone—I won’t have to worry about ISIS or Ebola, I am looking forward to it,” he said.
Cleese also squashed any rumors that he’d be appearing in any more films, saying it’s unappealing to him “because it is too much like hard work. It is two-and-three-quarter years and I am too old for that process,” he said. “If I started on it now I would die.”
As if that wasn’t enough, the British actor also touched on something that might upset Monty Python fans—they were never “huge friends,” according to the comedian. “The key to understanding Python now is we have all driven off in completely different directions,” Cleese said. All in all, not the happiest of interviews that Cleese has done. He also doesn’t care about Taylor Swift’s cat either, which you can see in the player below.
By John Riti