CLEESE MAKES ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY'S 2002 "IT"
Why Him? Because there's nobody who does annoyed banter better - an essential quality now that he replaces the late Desmond Llewelyn in the role of Q, the always-exasperated gadget guru in the 007 franchise.
Thoughts on Making Q His Own: I'm thinking of shaving my head, growing a droopy, Charlie Chan mustached and playing it as a short Chinese man.
Career High: Writing a Fish Called Wanda
Career Low: Anything Musical
Influences: Peter Cook, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan
Dream Collaborator: William Goldman. He's a good friend of mine, and nobody knows more about writing for movies, which is really the only part that interests me these days.
Closest Brush With Career Immolation: When a producer suggested a musical version of Fawlty Towers. But also, pretty much any time I try acting. To me, acting is basically trying desperately not to fuck up the script.
Best Advice: Use shock sparingly.
Worst Advice: When people say, 'Don't worry, John, you'll make it funny.
Next: The comedy Scorched, which premiered at Cannes.