The oral history of '12 Monkeys,' Bruce Willis' time travel masterpiece— Inverse (@inversedotcom) January 5, 2021
Director @TerryGilliam and nine others on the making of this 1996 sci-fi cult classic: https://t.co/WOU80FXIKP pic.twitter.com/7tB9WlcjHD
Terry Gilliam: I had never been a great fan of Bruce's before, but I liked talking to him, and I thought, OK, this guy's smart; he's funny. I explained to him my concerns about him as an actor. I hated the Trumpian mouth he does in films. Rectal. It's like I'm looking at somebody's asshole.
-The Terry Gillam directed Sci-Fi film, 12 Monkeys, was released January 5, 1996 (after a limited release in late December of '95).
-Starring Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis, the film follows James Cole (Willis) as he's sent back in time to 1996 to prevent the deadly outbreak of a virus (oop) that kills 5 billion people and forces the rest of humanity underground.
-In celebration of the film's anniversary, Inverse spoke to cast and crew and some of the quotes (like the lovely one above) are just wonderful. The whole interview is a really interesting look (and quick read) at the behind the scenes of the film.
More on Bruce Willis:
Terry Gilliam: Bruce was trying incredibly hard to just be an actor at work, but he had been spoiled by success for so long. So he was in many ways like a kid who was pushing the limits constantly and then coming up with stupid excuses for being late on the set. There was one point he had something that looked like a note from his mother. We let Bruce go away for a long weekend and he came back and suddenly he was Bruce Willis Superstar again.
On Brad Pitt:
Terry Gilliam: I put [Brad] together with Stephen Bridgewater, who had worked with Jeff Bridges on The Fisher King. Stephen's first meetings with Brad — he liked pot too much, he had a lazy tongue. But he worked his ass off; he really did.
Margery Simkin: With Brad at the time, it was a failure of people's imagination about him. And also the curse of the pretty boy, that people don't believe God gives with both hands or something.
Anna M. Elias: Brad had just been Sexiest Man of the Universe.
Terry Gilliam: Legends of the Fall did it. It just changed everything. Girls were threatening to throw themselves off Philadelphian bridges.
Anna M. Elias: That penitentiary… I don't know how she did it, but somehow a girl got in and hid overnight. The next day, when we showed up to continue filming, she came out in the middle of things and wanted Brad.
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