Tuesday, October 23, 2012
When pop star interviews go horribly awry, part 1
When Paul McCartney was promoting "Give My Regards to Broad Street," he mentioned in an interview that he had asked "Hard Day's Night," and "Help" director Richard Lester to direct. This would have been a wonderful idea, but Lester read the script and told Paul not to do it, it wouldn't work. Paul told the interviewer he wouldn't be deterred, and he found another director and made the film anyway.
The film became a big flop for 20th Century Fox, and several years later in another interview he was asked about the overall disappointing result of the film, and Paul took blame for its commercial failure, but then as a defense, he said, "When you're Paul McCartney, people have a hard time saying 'no' to you."
In effect he was saying he wished someone had told him it was a bad idea.
At this point I'm listening to this interview and yelling at the radio, "Richard Lester told you no and you wouldn't listen!"