‘The best part about playing The Price Is Wrong is being able to make those jokes and be funny.
But I also know that there are people that want to hurt me and make me feel bad about myself.
That’s how it is.’
The Price is Right star John Cleese, who was voted best comedy actor at the Oscars, spoke to The Independent in an exclusive interview about his portrayal of a politician in the film.
‘I just wanted to be as funny as I possibly could,’ he said.
‘There are a lot of politicians out there that are not funny.
I think they have a lot more to learn.
It’s a very different animal to what it is on TV.’
John Clees character, Bob, played by Cleese on The Priceis Right.
He said he was not a big supporter of political parties and was ‘not that interested’ in politics.
‘In the first scene I thought I was going to die,’ he admitted.
‘When I woke up in the hospital, the nurses were just like, “You’re not going to make it, you’re going to be in the ICU for three days.”‘
So I had a couple of weeks where I was in the emergency department.
Then they said, “Bob, what if we put you in a coma?”
And I just couldn’t believe it.
‘That’s the kind of thing I thought would happen.
I was just so angry.
It was such a huge shock.
‘It was very dark.
I went from being on the phone to people, saying, “What’s happening to me?
How did I get here?”‘
I had a bit of a panic attack, but it was a relief.
‘After three days in the coma, I started to think I’d probably survive.
‘Then I realised that I’d been in the same room with Bob the whole time and that it had nothing to do with me.
‘But I did have my share of crazy moments.
‘Bob had his own political ambitions, which I didn’t know about.
I thought he was going in for the same sort of thing as me, which is the same kind of people who are trying to kill him.’
But I think I had to realise that, yes, Bob is a politician.
‘And that he’s a little bit of an asshole too.
He’s a bit arrogant.
He wants to be a great prime minister.’
The actor is the first celebrity to win an Academy Award for best comedy performance.
‘The Oscars are great because they’re an opportunity to show people what you can do and be seen as a great actor,’ he continued.
‘If you’re really good at something, you can make an impact.
‘A lot of the best comedians are actors.
And they’ve all had to work hard.
‘They’re all so talented.
I’ve had to get my hands dirty and learn about the industry.
I’m an actor and a comedian, but the Oscars have opened up a whole world of opportunities.
‘For the first time, I’ve got an opportunity for someone else to get an Oscar and win an Oscar.’
The movie also stars John Cleis and Emma Thompson as three sisters who discover they have the same DNA, and John Cleias is playing a businessman who has a wife who wants to become the Queen’s favourite.
‘We were just a normal family, except that we had a sister and sister-in-law,’ Cleese said.
The actor said he and Emma were ‘not very political’.
‘I didn’t feel that it was something that was important to be political about, but they were very political and I thought, “This could be an interesting career.”‘
But it wasn’t about politics, it was about what we did for our families.
It made us laugh.’
John is now an Academy member, and says he has learned to ‘have fun’ in the industry, despite having his work censored.
‘To me, it’s the most important thing in my life,’ he told The Independent.
‘You can’t be a good actor, you just can’t.
You have to have fun with it.’
John added that he feels ‘totally grateful’ to the Academy for allowing him to be nominated for his work.
‘At the end of the day, the Oscars are a celebration of our craft and our ability to make people laugh,’ he added.
‘So when I see something that I love and I think is really great, it just gives me a great amount of joy.
I want to make my family proud of their work.
I just think it’s great that people are going to watch it.’
The film was released in November 2019.