THE TERRY GILLIAM FILES // BRAZIL (1985)
Prior to production of BRAZIL, Terry Gilliam, co-screenwriter Charles McKeown and actor Jonathan Pryce recorded a read-through of a draft of the script, with Pryce taking the role of Sam Lowry, and McKeown and Gilliam dividing up the rest.
There is some overlap in roles both McKeown and Gilliam read the part of Jack Lint, Lowry's old friend and fellow employee at the Ministry of Information.
The existing recording was not a complete read-through scenes without Jonathan Pryce, such as Jill Leighton's appearance at the Ministry of Information to complain about the Buttle arrest, were not included.
What is most interesting is listening to McKeown while his performance as Harvey Lime closely mirrors what he brought to the role in the film, his interpretation of heating engineer Harry Tuttle is startlingly different from Robert De Niro's, bringing to mind Peter Sellers in such films as THE LADYKILLERS and I'M ALL RIGHT, JACK.
MP3s of excerpts from this recording are linked below:
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