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Peter Jackson convinced Disney to break no swearing rule for upcoming Beatles documentary

“The Beatles are scouse boys and they freely swear"

By Hollie Geraghty

The Beatles on the cover of Hey Jude
The Beatles on the cover of 'Hey Jude' (Photo: Apple Records).

Peter Jackson revealed that he managed to convince Disney to allow swearing in his upcoming documentary ‘The Beatles: Get Back’.

The three part film, which is arriving on Disney+ later this month, focuses on the making of their final album ‘Let It Be’ and also showcases their iconic 1969 rooftop concert at London’s Savile Row in full, their last ever public concert.

Now, the legendary director has revealed that the musical icon’s expletives will not be censored. 

Speaking to the Radio Times (via Daily Mail), Jackson said: “We’ve had to have a discussion with Disney about the swearing.

The Beatles are scouse boys and they freely swear but not in an aggressive or sexual way. We got Disney to agree to have swearing, which I think is the first time for a Disney channel.”

The Lord of the Rings helmer added: “That makes them feel modern, too. Obviously people did swear in the 60s but not when they were being filmed.”

The Beatles: Get Back will be released as three two-hour episodes on Disney+ from November 25-27.

Paul McCartney recent spoke about how the documentary helped change his outlook on the Fab Four’s split.

“I’ll tell you what is really fabulous about it, it shows the four of us having a ball,” McCartney told The Sunday Times. “It was so reaffirming for me. That was one of the important things about The Beatles, we could make each other laugh.”

He added: “John [Lennon] and I are in this footage doing ‘Two Of Us’ and, for some reason, we’ve decided to do it like ventriloquists. It’s hilarious. It just proves to me that my main memory of the Beatles was the joy and the skill.”

McCartney explained that the documentary changed his perception on the break up of the band, adding that the “proof in the footage”. 

“Because I definitely bought into the dark side of The Beatles breaking up and thought, ‘God, I’m to blame,’” he added.

Last month the singer insisted John Lennon had instigated the split.

“I didn’t instigate the split. That was our Johnny,” he said in an interview with the BBC. “I am not the person who instigated the split.

“Oh no, no, no. John walked into a room one day and said I am leaving the Beatles. And he said, ‘It’s quite thrilling, it’s rather like a divorce.’ And then we were left to pick up the pieces.

“This was my band, this was my job, this was my life, so I wanted it to continue.”