QandA John Cleese returns to Canada hopes the

center_img CP: Six years ago you embarked on the Canadian leg of your “Last Chance to See Me Before I Die” tour. It seemed like a farewell, but here you are hitting the road again. What drew you back?Cleese: I’m hitting the road again, as you rightly put it, because I still don’t have rosy finances. I’ve done a lot of work for the BBC, which is more or less working for charity. If I had been in a “Friends,” “Cheers” or a “Frasier,” I wouldn’t have these problems. When I ran into this whole divorce I had to give this woman $20 million. So I have very good income, but I don’t have very good capital. And I want to buy a home somewhere in the sun, so this year I’m doing some touring. CP: But several years ago you said you were nearly finished paying off your divorce settlement. That’s not the case?Cleese: Well I’m still paying off my ex-wife, I don’t know if you’ve ever — have you ever given anyone $20 million? CP: All this negativity you’re speaking about seems to thrive on Twitter, which you regularly use. Why is tweeting so appealing to you?Cleese: I wasn’t interested in social media at all, and then my good friend Stephen Fry said to me: “John you don’t understand — if you have a big Twitter following then you can advertise your appearances without having to go through the very disgusting British press.” When I realized that, I thought, “Well that makes sense.” In the old days I’d do an interview with a British newspaper and they would explain to everyone what a really unpleasant, difficult, and unfriendly bastard you were, and that you weren’t talented anyway. Then in the last paragraph they’d say, “Oh, by the way he’s appearing in a theatre in Plymoth on Thursday.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email English actor John Cleese poses for photos during a ceremony to receive Sarajevo Film Festival’s top honour award, the Heart of Sarajevo Award, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on August 16, 2017. John Cleese is shopping for an island villa and hopes his Canadian fans might help him finance it. The Monty Python comedian recently settled into a temporary home on the Caribbean island of Nevis, a getaway of beautiful resorts and sandy beaches, and once he can afford it, Cleese says he’ll be looking for a more permanent spot in a sunny destination. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Amel Emric — This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.David Friend, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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