The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ In what is every production person’s nightmare, the documentary “Lost in La Mancha” chronicles in heartbreaking detail the downfall of director Terry Gilliam’s visionary project. It took nearly 10 years to secure the funding and find the perfect cast. On location in northern Spain, star Johnny Depp had yet to step in front of the camera when Don Quixote, the 70-year-old Jean Rochefort, was visibly suffering from a prostate infection, and a flash flood not only washed away the entire set, but changed the colors of the landscape as well. The curse continued as Rochefort had to be airlifted to a hospital in Paris. Depp’s demanding schedule would not let him wait until Rochefort recovered, and insurers began to back out of the project. Only five days into shooting, the production was forced to shut down, and has yet to recover.
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