You stole my gag, you ogre

Eric Idle 'to sue Shrek'

Eric Idle is threatening to sue the makers of the latest Shrek movie for stealing one of his jokes – even though he is in it.

The former Python said he was furious with Dreamworks for lifting a gag from Monty Python And The Holy Grail without telling him.

In Shrek The Third, Prince Charming is seen riding a horse – but then the camera pans out to reveal he is on a hobby horse with a minion banging two coconut halves together.

Idle, 64, told the Mad Dog & Billie radio show in Toronto: ‘I was shocked. It’s been stolen patently. So we’ll be able to sue their ass.

‘If you steal peoples jokes, I don’t think that’s homage, I think that’s theft.’

Idle voices the character of Merlin in the animated film, which took £61million in its opening weekend at the US box office, and also stars John Cleese.

Published: 21 May 2007

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