Eric Idle recalled how George Harrison made Monty Python's Life of Brian happen while speaking with Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show, saying the Beatle funded the film as he was so keen to see it on the screen.

"It was entirely down to George Harrison – he's to be blamed," Idle told Tubridy.

"We couldn't find the money anywhere in Hollywood and George suddenly rang up and said, 'I've got the money, we're gonna make it'.

"And what he'd done, he had mortgaged his house and raised $4.5million and put it on the film. He paid for the entire budget. Which is kind of crazy – imagine explaining that to the wife!"

Idle added of Harrison's reason for doing so: "He said he did that because he wanted to see the movie.

"It's still the most anyone has ever paid for a cinema ticket in history."

Harrison even appears briefly in the 1979 film.

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