The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus






General Information

In this present day morality tale, Doctor Parnassus, the head of an extraordinary traveling show, invites audience members to enter his Imaginarium where they can choose their experience. Against this backdrop, Parnassus races against time to free his daughter from an age-old deal with the devil. Co-written by Terry Gilliam and employing the artistic talents of Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law to fill the gap left by the untimely death of Heath Ledger, Imaginarium weaves a captivating journey through the imagination.

Director: Terry Gilliam

Cast: Christopher Plummer, Heath Ledger (Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law), Tom Waits, Lily Cole, Verne Troyer, and Andrew Garfield

Awards & Nominations:

Best Costume Design: Monique Prudhomme (Won)
Best Art Direction & Production Design: Terry Gilliam, David Warren, Anastasia Masaro (Nominated)
Best Original Song: Terry Gilliam (Nominated)
Best Visual Effects: John Paul Docherty, Richard Bain (Nominated)

Best Achievement in Production (Nominated)

Excellence in Costume Design for Film-Fantasy: Monique Prudhomme (Nominated)

Best Make Up and Hair: Sarah Monzani (Nominated)
Best Production Design: Terry Gilliam, David Warren, Anastasia Masaro (Nominated)

2010 ACADEMY AWARDS Best Acheivement in Art Direction: David Warren (art director), Anastasia Masaro (art director), Caroline Smith (set decorator) (Nominated)
Best Achievement in Costume Design: Monique Prudhomme (Nominated)


(Compiled by Julie and Corina)

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"Well... the unfortunate passing of Heath was such an utter devastation, obviously to his family and friends, but also he was in the middle of... Dr. Parnassus with Terry Gilliam. Gilliam was kind of stuck... We got together - three actors, Colin Farrell, Jude Law and myself - and finished up the role basically for Heath. Basically, what we said was 'just give Heath... it's Heath's money and it should go to Matilda [Heath Ledger's daughter].'"
-- Johnny Depp
Radio Interview for the 2008 Sheila Witkin Memorial Concert
August 2008

"[Heath] was the only player out there breathing heavy down the back of every established actors neck with a thundering and ungovernable talent that came up on you quick, hissing rather mischievously with that cheeky grin, 'hey... get on out of my way boys, I'm coming through...' and does he ever!"
-- Johnny Depp
December 2009

"'The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus' is a uniquely ingenious, captivating creation; by turns wild, thrilling and hilarious in all its crazed, dilapidated majesty."
-- Johnny Depp
December 2009

Quotes from others:

"I am grateful to Johnny, Colin and Jude for coming on board and to everyone else who has made it possible for us to finish the film. I am delighted that Heath's brilliant performance can be shared with the world."
--Terry Gilliam
Associated Press Statement
March 10, 2008

"It's a hard thing to do, walk into a character and take over. But they did it."
--Terry Gilliam
The Times Online
May 14, 2009

"Everybody wanted the movie to get made for Heath, there's no question - the actors and the director. The actors did it for Terry and did it for Heath."
--William Vince, Producer
April 19, 2008

"Johnny's a friend, and he loved Heath, and he's always been there when I needed him. So I called Johnny to see if he could do it and he said 'I'm in. Done.'"
-- Terry Gilliam
Empire Magazine
March 2009

"None of us wanted to be there, of course - myself, Jude (Law) and Johnny (Depp) - but it was about getting Heath's last work out. It was about fulfilling something that I think Heath would have wanted: finishing Terry's film. We did it. It was a very strange experience that was at turns both incredibly sad and wonderful. As it happens sometimes when people pass on, they bring together those they leave behind. Heath, in his passing, brought together a bunch of people. What would have been just a purely painful environment was not. There was a kind of celebration of Heath's life. It was extraordinarily bittersweet to be part of it."
--Colin Farrell
October 25, 2008