EPIX has provided us with five exclusive photos for A Liar's Autobiography, airing Friday, November 2 at 10 PM ET. Late Monty Python member Graham Chapman's recorded voice is used in this 3D animated adaptation of his autobiography, which also features the voices of Monty Python stars John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. Check out the photos, then read on for more information about this intriguing new movie.
Graham Chapman, probably best remembered as 'the dead one from Monty Python', writes and stars in the animated movie of his own life story, A Liar's Autobiography. He was born, he went to Cambridge and met John Cleese, he smoked a pipe, he became a doctor, he became a Python, he decided he was gay (well, 70/30, according to a survey he did on himself), he got drunk a lot, he stopped being drunk, he made some films, he had some sex (actually, a lot), and moved to Los Angeles. Finally, he was whisked up into space by aliens (although that might have been in a film).
Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989, he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book, A Liar's Autobiography - and those recordings have now ingeniously been used to provide Chapman's voice for the 3D animated feature of the same name. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin also turn up, playing themselves and other characters, along with a few surprise guests.
Not a documentary, not a Monty Python film, A Liar's Autobiography is Chapman's own take on his bizarre life and his search for self-knowledge. Incredible, yes. Surreal, certainly. True, who knows? At his memorial service, John Cleese called Chapman "a freeloading bastard". Now, as the film re-unites Chapman with Cleese, Jones, and Palin, and Gilliam for the first time in 23 years, he is set to earn a new title - the most prolific corpse since Elvis.