Did you know that Archie Leach was the original name of Hollywood star Cary Grant?
Yes, Cleese – who also wrote the screenplay for this film – grew up in a town very close to Cary Grant’s birthplace near Bristol, so used the name as a private homage to his hero.
I’m sure there are other films that pay homage to notable figures in this way. Can you think of any?
A Fish Called Wanda is showing on BBC1 toninght at 10.45pm