The film Monty Python and the Holy Grail has a scene involving Tim the enchanter, played by John Cleese. The dialogue is as follows:
Arthur: “By what name are you known ?”
Tim: “There are some who call me…Tim”
Arthur: “Greetings, Tim, the enchanter.”
Evidently, there is a rumor among fans that Cleese forgot the original name when they filmed this scene, and instead he ad-libbed with the name “Tim”. From IMDB:
Some believe the Enchanter’s name is Tim because John Cleese forgot the character’s original name, and ad-libbed the line, “There are some who call me…Tim”. However, Cleese disputes this. During a 2018 live tour, he said there was no improvisation in the final movie.
Is this rumor true, that “Tim” was an ad-libbed name? Where did this rumor come from?