DISNEY WANTED THE BEATLES’ PROFANITY REMOVED FROM ‘GET BACK’ DOC

Director Peter Jackson revealed that Disney was pushing for all the profanity to be be excised from The Beatles – Get Back documentary — something that neither he nor the group wanted to happen. Jackson, who directed the nearly eight-hour, three-part doc now streaming on Disney+, told NME, “Paul (McCartney) describes it as being very raw. He said to me: ‘That is a very accurate portrayal of how we were then.’ Ringo (Starr) said: ‘It’s truthful.’ The truthfulness of it is important to them. They don’t want a whitewash. They don’t want it to be sanitized. Disney wanted to remove all the swearing and Ringo, Paul, and Olivia (Harrison) said: ‘That’s how we spoke. That’s how we talked. That’s how we want the world to see us.'”

Jackson went on to say he was given carte blanche to create the doc as he saw fit: “When they got to see the finished thing, I was expecting notes. It would’ve just been normal to get a note saying: ‘Oh, that bit where I say that — could you cut that out?’ Or ‘Could you shorten the conversation there?’ And I didn’t get a single note. Not one request to do anything. One of them said that they watched it and found it one of the most stressful experiences of their entire life. ‘But I’m not gonna give you any notes.'”

Ringo Starr explained that his bond with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison went far beyond what we saw onstage, or on some album cover over the years: “As guys, we gave each other everything, and we did become — I’m an only child, I have three brothers. I had three solid brothers who loved me. I felt it, (they) protected me in many ways — and supported me in a lot of other ways.”

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