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2002-Mar-28: Sir Paul Chats about The Lord of the Rings

At Sunday's Oscar ceremony, The Lord Of The Rings director, Peter Jackson, happened to meet Sir Paul in the lobby of the Kodak Theater where the event was being held.  Mr. Jackson said today that he asked Sir Paul if it was true that the Beatles had considered making  a Lord Of The Rings film back in the 1960s:
"He said it was and they'd been thinking of talking to Stanley Kubrick about it. It was something John was driving and JRR Tolkien still had the film rights at that stage but he didn't like the idea of the Beatles doing it. So he killed it."
According to Mr. Jackson, Sir Paul was going to play Frodo, John was to be Gollum, George was to be Gandalf and Ringo was to be Sam. "There probably would've been some good songs coming off the album,"  said Mr. Jackson.
 

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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