Danny Boyle wrote Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr letters after landing Yesterday directing gig

Danny Boyle wrote letters to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr after signing on to direct the musical comedy Yesterday.The movie focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to suddenly realise he’s …

Danny Boyle wrote letters to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr after signing on to direct the musical comedy Yesterday.

The movie focuses on the story of struggling musician Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who wakes up one day to suddenly realise he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.

Music from the iconic musicians features heavily in the film, and before Boyle began filming he wanted to notify the surviving members of the band – and the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon – about what he intended to do with their musical legacy.

“Once I got involved, I wrote letters to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and the two widows, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono, respectfully laying out what I intended to do with the film. There’s obviously going to be nerves that somebody could be triggered or upset. But I got really lovely letters from Ringo and Olivia. I can’t talk about it except to say it was very special for me,” he told Billboard.

However, there was one moment in the movie that divided fans, and Boyle himself called it a “Marmite moment”.

As the film takes place in an alternate reality in which the foursome never become the iconic Liverpudlian band, Boyle explored the possibility that Lennon would still be alive, as he wouldn’t have become famous and later assassinated by Mark David Chapman in 1980.

Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle plays the musician in the controversial scene, and the Oscar-winning director recognised that audiences would either love it or hate it.

“When we came to test the film, yes, there are some people that don’t like it at all. But other people like it enormously. We call it a ‘Marmite scene’ in Britain. It divides people very clearly,” Boyle told USA Today.

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Ana de Armas’s character cut from Danny Boyle’s Yesterday

Ana de Armas’s character has been completely cut from Danny Boyle’s new movie Yesterday. The Cuban actress, one of the stars of Bond 25, was cast as Roxanne and even appeared in a trailer for the new comedy, which stars Himesh Patel and Lily James. H…

Ana de Armas’s character has been completely cut from Danny Boyle’s new movie Yesterday.

The Cuban actress, one of the stars of Bond 25, was cast as Roxanne and even appeared in a trailer for the new comedy, which stars Himesh Patel and Lily James.

However, she was absent from the finished film, and writer Richard Curtis has explained that she was cut because her character was supposed to be a “complicating factor” in the love story between Patel’s Jack and James’s Ellie.

“That was a very traumatic cut, because she was brilliant in it. I mean really radiant. And (that) turned out to be the problem,” he told Cinemablend.com. “I think the audience likes the story (about Ellie and Jack) and goes with that, and it works out well.

“What we’d originally done was had, I don’t want to describe it too much, but had Ana De Armas as a complicating factor when he arrived in L.A. for the first time. And I think the audience did not like the fact that his eyes even strayed. Because then some people would go, ‘Oh, he really doesn’t deserve her. He really doesn’t deserve Lily.'”

Director Boyle also explained to Moviefone.com that the Blade Runner 2049 star played an actress who meets Jack, a musician who finds fame with The Beatles’ songs after their existence is freakishly erased, on the set of The Late Late Show with James Corden and falls in love with him when he plays Something by George Harrison. It later became clear that they had “made a mistake” with the song choice, so the sequence had to go.

“When you watched it (the scene) alone, it was fantastic, but when you put it in the film, it felt repetitive,” he explained. “So, we sadly decided to take it out and I had the job of writing to Ana and telling her, ‘I’m so sorry.’ She did a wonderful job. It’s not their fault. It’s a real shame.”

He assured fans her scenes will appear in the DVD extras of Yesterday, which hits cinemas this week.

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Richard Curtis thrilled to team with Ed Sheeran on Yesterday

Richard Curtis was excited when Ed Sheeran agreed to be part of his new Beatles film Yesterday because he considers the singer to be like a son.The British popstar portrays a version of himself in the movie, about the only man alive who can recall the …

Richard Curtis was excited when Ed Sheeran agreed to be part of his new Beatles film Yesterday because he considers the singer to be like a son.

The British popstar portrays a version of himself in the movie, about the only man alive who can recall the songs of the Fab Four, and Curtis has now admitted Ed was the perfect choice to take on the role of the mentor in the narrative because he’s such a down-to-earth guy.

“Ed’s the son I never had,” Curtis, who shares children Scarlett, Jake, Spike and Charlie with partner Emma Freud, told WENN. “I had orange hair when I was young, and Ed’s got orange hair. The truth is that in some ways this film was about Ed, insofar as it’s an Ed that hasn’t succeeded, comes from Suffolk and is engaged to a girl he was at school with.

“They’re all sorts of ingredients from Ed’s life that were in my head because we’ve known him for years.”

But it was a chat over dinner with Ed and director Danny Boyle that made Curtis realise the 28-year-old needed to be in the film.

“We were in Suffolk with Danny when Ed came over for supper and Danny said, ‘You should be in the film. You should be the famous person who finds our not-famous person and helps him on his way’,” he recalled.

“I write in a little room facing out toward the creek at the beach and the sea in Suffolk. There’s a lot of Ed in the story, as he comes from here. We love the accents and the names. This is very much where I wanted to set the film. It’s a little part of England that you wouldn’t expect a massive popstar like Ed to come from, had it not happened to him.”

Yesterday, also featuring Himesh Patel, Lily James and Kate McKinnon, hits cinemas from 26 June.

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Ed Sheeran helped turn soap actor into popstar for Danny Boyle’s new film

Ed Sheeran helped mould British soap actor Himesh Patel into a popstar for Danny Boyle’s new Beatles-inspired musical comedy. In the new film Yesterday, Himesh, who once starred as geeky teenager Tamwar Masood in the BBC soap EastEnders, plays a singe…

Ed Sheeran helped mould British soap actor Himesh Patel into a popstar for Danny Boyle’s new Beatles-inspired musical comedy.

In the new film Yesterday, Himesh, who once starred as geeky teenager Tamwar Masood in the BBC soap EastEnders, plays a singer-songwriter living in a world where he’s the only one who remembers that the Fab Four existed. He then borrows their tunes to become one of the biggest acts on the planet.

Ed plays himself in the movie, and he and composer Daniel Pemberton have written music for the score.

Speaking to Cover Media at The Ivors awards nominations on Wednesday (24Apr19), where he was recognised for his work on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Daniel said the Thinking Out Loud hitmaker was a huge help to Himesh, and aided him in crafting his performance.

“We went to see Ed live in Manchester which was insane,” he revealed. “Ed and Himesh had quite a lot of chats, Ed was very supportive of Himesh and it was really good for him to see Ed control this whole stadium on his own.”

Asked about how the two worked together on set, he added: “As I say, Ed was very supportive – and there’s a number of scenes where they’re acting together and they got on really well.”

Discussing the 28-year-old popstar’s contribution to the musical comedy, which is written by Love Actually creator Richard Curtis, Daniel said that his presence added a degree of realism to proceedings, as Ed’s own career shows how an ordinary guy can become a megastar.

“In the film, Ed Sheeran is such a fascinating aspect because you watch this film and go, ‘There’s no way this could ever happen, there’s no way this one guy with a guitar could become the biggest star in the world,'” he explained. “But then you go, ‘Well, there’s Ed Sheeran and this happens, he’s one of the biggest stars in the world.'”

Yesterday debuts in cinemas in June, when fans will get to hear a new song from Ed, which the movie composer confirmed is a “great track”.

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