Recovering from Munchausen, our hero really just wanted to make something small and simple. The Fisher King, written by Richard LaGravenese, seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
And it works – somehow Gilliam’s inherent flights of fancy mesh with the story of downtrodden DJ Jeff Bridges and the crazy man with a crusade (Robin Williams) that end up helping each other.
It was a largely trouble-free shoot, especially compared to the likes of Munchausen, but Gilliam did note some hiccups:
“The last couple of days were very silly where we're doing a close-up of Jeff in front of Carmichael's townhouse, against those stairs which were built in California, with all of Madison Avenue behind us, with buses.
“The noise was unbearable, it was ruining sound takes. And I used to laugh at people who did things like that, it's ridiculous; you could do that close-up in LA — just bring the wall back.
But we ended up doing it because everybody's fired up, you've got to do it. We did close-ups with the Knight on Fifth Avenue, and what you see on film, I'm not sure if you know it's Fifth Avenue, which is very, very bad. But it's to do with the fact that you get away with it, is why you do it.”