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10 incredible George Harrison facts you need to know
EMI Films, 'Life of Brian'’s original backer, withdrew funding for the Monty Python film just before shooting began, due to the controversial religious subject matter. George, a big fan and friend, set up his own production company - Handmade Films - to fund the project. "Because I liked the script and I wanted to see the movie,” he said. He also appeared in it, as Mr Papadopolous. His company also financed 'Withnail & I', 'The Long Good Friday' and others.