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2001-Dec-21: "Bring Tissues"

Sir Paul took Heather to the cinema this week to see an exclusive screening of Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer's new film, I Am Sam.  The film is particularly meaningful for Sir Paul since the entire soundtrack is made up of Beatle songs.   In the film Sean Penn, who plays a mentally disabled father battling for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, refers to the Beatles in many of the scenes.  Even the movie's tag line declares, "Love is all you need!"

At first, the film's producers wanted to use original Beatles tracks for the film. Sir Paul and Yoko Ono were said to have seen the film and liked it, but prior to his death, producers had trouble getting in contact with George to seek his permission to use the music.  "I'm unbelievably naive and thought, I'll get 12 of them, put the songs all through the script. They'll give them to us.  I had no idea how complicated that is and how expensive it is," said the film's director, Jessie Nelson.  After several failed attempts, the producers opted to have other artists cover the 17 Beatles songs included in the soundtrack.  V2 president Andy Gershon who worked on this ambitious soundtrack project has stated, "I don't think music determines whether a film grosses $20 million or $30 million, but this music complements the emotions of the movie. The soundtrack's success depends to a degree on the success of the film, but it still has to be a great record.''  Sixteen Beatles covers were recorded for the film.  Only nine made the final cut.  All sixteen tunes will appear on the soundtrack album which is scheduled to be released by V2 on January 8.

And what was Sir Paul's review of this touching film?  He told director Jessie Nelson,  "You gave my fiancée a sinus infection from crying so much!"  Sir Paul also commented to a reporter:

"That's a really cool film.  He (Sam) gets his positive attitude through Beatles songs and communicates through Beatles songs. I think that's really a magic idea for those of us that made the records and wrote the music.  Warn the audience to bring tissues!"

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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