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When you consider the 4 lads from Liverpool, what are the associations that come to thoughts? Hamburg strip golf equipment? Certain. Sitar music? Sure, undoubtedly. Hobbits? Apparently. Whereas doing press for his Disney+ Beatles docuseries Get Again, LOTR impresario Peter Jackson defined to the BBC that the Beatles actually wished to make a Lord of the Rings film, however have been stymied by the collection’ creator J.R.R. Tolkien. “I’ve been scraping together little pieces of information. I’ve been interrogating Paul about it. Ringo doesn’t remember much,” he stated. In accordance with Jackson, the Beatles have been launched to Center Earth by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who gave copies of The Lord of the Rings to each member of the band (besides Ringo, for some purpose). 3/4 of the Beatles learn the guide whereas finding out meditation in India, then pursued the movie rights through Apple movie producer Denis O’Dell.

Had the Beatles gotten the rights, the rumored casting would have been completely unhinged. Paul would have been Frodo, Ringo would have performed potato-loving Samwise Gamgee, and the uber-mystical George would have been a pure match for Gandalf. And John …John would have performed Gollum. Okay, however who would have performed Saruman? Pete Finest? Would Pattie Boyd have been forged as Galadriel, solely to get poached by Eric Clapton’s try at filming Dune? “Ultimately, they couldn’t get the rights from Tolkien, because he didn’t like the idea of a pop group doing his story,” Jackson stated. “So it got nixed by him.”

(PS: Ringo did wind up enjoying a wizard later in life, starring as Merlin within the Harry Nilsson car Son of Dracula.)


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