Director Terry Gilliam has credited Arcade Fire with saving him from “weeks of depression” after filming on his long-delayed project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote stalled.
The band asked him to direct a webcast of their gig at Madison Square Garden in New York last night (August 5). Gilliam was only able to take the job because his current project had hit a “financial hiccup”.
Speaking to MTV, Gilliam said: “Me doing this thing with Arcade Fire is a result of this hiccup with Don Quixote. It was extraordinary to get the call from Arcade Fire. I have to thank them for liberating me from weeks of depression. I’ll get back on Quixote after I get back.”
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has been in the works since 2000, but has stalled many times due to reasons including a serious injury to Gilliam‘s original leading man Jean Rochefort. It was revived in 2009 with Robert Duvall in the title role, and Ewan McGregor as a time-travelling advertising executive.
Of the latest financial problems, Gilliam, added: “Robert Duvall is still Quixote and Ewan McGregor is still involved — all that stuff is still happening. There’s just been a financial hiccup. I’ll get back to it, but at the moment out there, if you’re not spending a couple hundred million dollars in Hollywood, it’s pretty rough. Everyone’s having these problems. I’m not different from anybody else.”