The Ghost of Peter Sellers /
The Ghost of Peter Sellers
When a superstar like Peter Sellers comes to a director and hands him a screenplay he had written himself, nobody dares to refuse. That is exactly what happened to experienced-but-still-optimistic director Peter Medak in 1973. He recruited Spike Milligan—another genius of comedy—and cast an impressive lineup of British actors. He was convinced that this pirate comedy would be a hit. However, the cracks began to show right away. Caught in the midst of yet another psychological crisis (this time in the aftermath of his breakup with Liza Minnelli), Sellers sabotaged the production in a myriad of creative ways. The film was finished but never screened. More than 30 years later, Medak reveals what really happened on that set, and just how difficult (and hilarious) it was to work with one of cinema’s great geniuses.