Paul McCartney: He had doubts about the Beatles documentary

Paul McCartney
He had doubts about the Beatles documentary

Paul McCartney was in close contact with Peter Jackson.

Paul McCartney was in close contact with Peter Jackson.

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Director Peter Jackson is about to publish a documentary series about the Beatles. Ex-band member Paul McCartney had doubts about the project.

The three-part documentary series “The Beatles: Get Back” by ace director Sir Peter Jackson (60, “The Hobbit”) is available from November 25th, 26th and 27th on Disney +. For the production of the three episodes, the New Zealand Oscar winner used restored film material from 1969 that had never been shown before.

In an interview with the “Welt am Sonntag” ex-Beatle Paul McCartney (79) now admitted that he was initially skeptical about the project, which shows the creation of the band’s twelfth and final studio album. “When I heard what Peter was up to, I said, ‘I’m not sure if I can get much out of it because I actually have fond memories of it.”

In the 1970 film “Let It Be”, which also shows the studio sessions for the album of the same name, something like the beginning of the end of the Beatles was made out of it, which the band mourned very much, said McCartney. “Peter understood that. He wrote in an email: ‘You won’t believe it, there are tons of great moments in it.'”

When he saw a scene, he was relieved, said the musician. “I myself was wrongly believed that the sessions were not very harmonious and that we had no fun playing.”

In harmony with John Lennon

It was great fun to see how he and his bandmates treated each other. “Mainly with John, because we harmonized well with each other, both humanly and musically.” This was nice to see, as in later years there was a lot of talk about the fact that the two had quarreled. “I always thought that was just not true.” If you watch this film now, it becomes clear: “These are four friends who are playing in a totally crazy place in London and giggling at the absurdity of the situation. They were the Beatles, they were us.”

The documentary about McCartney, John Lennon (1940-1980), George Harrison (1943-2011) and Ringo Starr (81) offers a rare glimpse into their creative process and their relationships with one another. “The Beatles: Get Back” includes almost 150 hours of unprecedented sound material and the band’s last live performance in full – the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row.