Yesterday: Danny Boyle was afraid of the Beatles’ reaction to using their songs

The director took the lead and sent letters to the band members and their wives.

If, in Yesterday (back this Sunday on Canal +), Jack Malick wakes up in a world where the Beatles do not exist, the same does not apply to Danny Boyle. The director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire decided to reuse their most famous songs for his film, in which Himesh Patel plays a young idle musician. His only talent? Know the pieces of the British group by heart. A talent that will serve him to become a real star internationally.

Yesterday: Danny Boyle celebrates the Beatles [Critique]

The filmmaker acknowledged in an interview with Billboard during the summer of 2019 that the reuse of this music was for him a source of anguish. At issue: copyright, of course, but above all the opinion of the musicians concerned or their relatives. “As soon as I got involved in the project I wrote to everyone, remembers the filmmaker. I sent letters to Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the wives of John Lennon and George Harrison: Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. I respectfully explained to them what I was planning to do in the film. Obviously, I was very nervous that one of them would object or even just get irritated. But I have received adorable letters from Ringo and Olivia. I can’t talk about it, except to say that it meant a lot to me.

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