Charm is Idle boast from Eric
MONTY Python star Eric Idle says fans can expect to see his bright side when they meet him – because he’s stopped telling them to “eff off”.
The comedy legend, 75, says he has grown “gracious” with age and told a US magazine: “My strategy now is being nicer to people.
“When I was younger, fans would approach me and I would tell them to ‘f*** off ’. But that doesn’t work for too long.
“You have to remember, when someone comes up to you at the airport, they’re remembering something funny you did and they’re just saying thank you.
“You have to be more than gracious because you’re awfully lucky to receive it.”
Idle is hugely proud of the fact that his song Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life is one of those most requested at British funerals.
He said: “It’s still a pretty good theme for our generation.”
He told the magazine, however, that the comedy of Monty Python is lost on today’s millennials.
He said: “On social media, if you use irony, you’re in real danger.
“People don’t understand innuendo or double meaning. They take everything at face value.”
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