In a recent interview with Aint-It-Cool-News, John Cleese talks about Monty Python and Harry Potter, stating that he will not be in June's Prisoner of Azkaban film reprising his role of Nearly Headless Nick. Here's the Potter-related snippet of the transcript:
QUINT:... SINCE WE'VE TALKED ABOUT YOU BEING RECOGNIZED FOR PYTHON, HAVE YOU HAD ANY KIDS RECOGNIZE YOU AS NEARLY HEADLESS NICK YET?
JOHN CLEESE: No. Because...
QUINT: BECAUSE YOUR HEAD IS STILL ON? (LAUGHS)
JOHN CLEESE: Yeah! And with the make-up and all that... I seldom get recognized.... They kind of get very interested when they hear that I'm in HARRY POTTER, but they can't remember which one I was.
QUINT: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE WHOLE HARRY POTTER CRAZE? ARE YOU INTO IT OR ARE JUST KINDA CONFOUNDED BY IT ALL?
JOHN CLEESE: Um... Like most people... Just anything that makes kids read. Anything we can do to reclaim them back from this vacuous world of modern day television.
QUINT: IT IS SOMETHING TO SEE YOUNG KIDS CRACKING BOOKS THAT ARE 870-SOMEODD PAGES.
JOHN CLEESE: It's fantastic! Let's just hope someone else starts writing.
QUINT: IN "HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN."
JOHN CLEESE: Oh, I'm not in it.
QUINT: YOU'RE NOT IN IT?!?
JOHN CLEESE: No... or at least I don't think I am. The producer tried to get a hold of me at some stage, but I think he got embarrassed. I heard that I wasn't in the third one, but that I was going to be back in again for the fourth. I haven't spoken to anyone involved in the HARRY POTTER movie about it.
QUINT: WELL, I'M GLAD YOU'RE STILL IN "GOBLET OF FIRE..."
JOHN CLEESE: Well, I haven't heard from them for ages, but I was told I was going to be in the fourth one.
There you have it, squirts. As you can tell, he ended up being extremely courteous and kind. And a good interview, too. Lots of interesting stuff in there. No Nearly Headless Nick in PRISONER OF AZKABAN, but definitely in GOBLET OF FIRE? Hmmmmm....