'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' stars didn't expect a hit

'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' Stars Didn't Expect a Hit


The stars of the British comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" got together for a reunion.

NBC's Al Roker sat down with them and asked if they had any idea at the time the movie was going to be a classic. The group seemed a little unsure.

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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0248 -- Pictured: (l-r) Monty Python members Terry Gilliam, host Jimmy Fallon, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and John Cleese on April 23, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Michael Palin attends a special Tribeca Film Festival screening of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" at the Beacon Theatre on Friday, April 24, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Eric Idle attends a special Tribeca Film Festival screening of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" at the Beacon Theatre on Friday, April 24, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Michael Palin, from left, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam attend a special Tribeca Film Festival screening of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" at the Beacon Theatre on Friday, April 24, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
John Cleese attends a special Tribeca Film Festival screening of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" at the Beacon Theatre on Friday, April 24, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Michael Palin, left, and John Cleese, right, attend a special Tribeca Film Festival screening of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" at the Beacon Theatre on Friday, April 24, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Terry Gilliam, left, and John Cleese, right, attend a special Tribeca Film Festival screening of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" at the Beacon Theatre on Friday, April 24, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
De izquierda a derecha Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin y Terry Jones, del grupo de comedia Monty Python, posan para una foto durante una conferencia de prensa en Londres, el lunes 30 de junio del 2014. Monty Python ofrecerá una serie de 10 presentaciones en la O2 Arena de la capital inglesa a partir del martes 1 de julio del 2014. (Foto por John Phillips Invision/AP Images)
Terry Jones, lifts Carol Cleveland as Terry Gilliam and John Cleese of the comedy troop Monty Python help at a photo call, on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 in London. They are reuniting for a project. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)
American-born British screenwriter, film maker and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe Terry Gilliam, during a photocall at the 36th American Film Festival, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, in Deauville, Normandy, France. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
From left, actors Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle attend the IFC and BAFTA premiere of "Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyers Cut)", in New York, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Monty Python founder Eric Idle poses for a portrait in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
21st May 1974: Python members Michael Palin (left) and John Cleese, dressed and ready for action on the set of 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'. (Photo by John Downing/Express/Getty Images)
21st May 1974: From left to right, John Cleese, Neil Innes, Michael Palin and Eric Idle dressed as Arthurian knights on the set of 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'. (Photo by John Downing/Express/Getty Images)
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"Yes, yes, yes," the group answered jokingly.

"What was the discussion like?" Roker asked.

One actor quickly made it clear they were joking, saying, "Oh, no! No we didn't!"

"Oh, the answer is no," another said.

Well, regardless, it definitely became a film legend and made millions.

They said it was a tough movie to make because their budget was only $400,000. Even 40 years ago, that wasn't much.

This NBC reunion isn't the group's first get-together. All five of them performed in a live stage production in 2014.

The final show was in July 2014 when they gave an "emotional farewell."

Ahead of their most recent reunion, they appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Thursday night, and the audience got a surprise.

"Everyone! Everyone has tickets to go see Monty Python," Fallon said.

They also gifted Fallon with a coconut.

For those not in on the joke, coconuts were clapped together in the movie to make the sound of a horse trotting.

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" will screen at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Friday. The group says they hope the audience leaves laughing.

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