monty python life of brian

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“When Michael Palin as Pontius Pilate addressed the soldiers daring them to laugh, he was truly daring them. The soldier extras were ordered by the Pythons to stand there and not laugh but not told what Palin was going to do. Palin, in fact, can be seen to barely stifle his own laughter when saying “Biggus Dickus” in front of the soldier asked if he finds the name “risible”.” 

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

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This is the reason why George Harrison is the greatest Beatle.

How George Harrison Saved Monty Python

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Our unofficial national anthem ❤

Eol: All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Noldor ever done for us?
Maeglin: Brought peace?
Eol: Oh, peace - shut up! There is not one of us who would not gladly suffer death to rid this country of the Noldor once and for all.
Aredhel: Uh, well, one.
Eol: Oh, yeah, yeah, there’s one. But otherwise, we’re solid.

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This scene has made me laugh for decades. As I understand it the actors playing the guards were told that if they laughed (they weren’t told about the dialogue) they wouldn’t be paid , so the filmmakers could get a genuine reaction from them trying not to laugh.

If you look closely at the part where Michael Palin is right in the guard’s face (the one by the pillar) you can see that even he is trying not to laugh.