Charm is Idle boast from Eric

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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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