12/29/2004: Gem o'the Day, great jokes that never were department:
Listening to one of the commentary tracks to the Criterion Edition DVD of Monty Python's Life of Brian, and John Cleese just gave us one of those glimpses into the screenwriting process. Alas, this one was voted down by the other Pythons. Cleese is telling us about the scene where the Judeans are first proclaiming Brian as messiah. He begins losing pieces of personal property that is on him, and two parties pick up a couple of these things (a gourd, and a sandal), and proclaim them as being true relics of the messiah.
According to Cleese, his suggestion for that scene is that when Brian drops the gourd, it shatters into a number of fragments. At that point, one of the followers picks up one of the shards of shattered gourd, and proclaims:
Look! The piece of gourd that passeth all understanding!
Len on 12.29.04 @ 07:35 PM CST