Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus at Comic-Con

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus will always be remembered as the last film Heath Ledger worked on before his untimely death in 2008. Because of the fantastical nature of the film, writer/director Terry Gilliam (Monty Python, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) was able to complete work on the project, with actors Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell stepping in to portray Ledger's character Tony at various points in the movie.

The Imaginarium panel at Comic-Con was a mix of humorous and somber moments. Gilliam made sure to manage expectations by reminding the audience that the movie is Dr. Parnassus' (Christopher Plummer) story, not Tony's. The clips we saw had a distinctive visual look and were tantalizing snippets that gave only hints of the worlds to which the Imaginarium leads. Gilliam said that he had done the opposite of most Comic-Con presenters by choosing "boring" clips from the film so those of us in attendance would "get our money's worth" when the movie opens, but the footage we saw was far from boring.

Three clips from the film can be viewed at Yahoo! Movies. Four high-definition video clips of Terry Gilliam and Verne Troyer (Austin Powers trilogy) at the Imaginarium panel are now available on our YouTube channel at Here are a couple for your viewing pleasure:

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