Peter Jackson explained the reasons that led him not to interview Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for his The Beatles: Get Back.
The first episode of The Beatles: Get Back, river docuseries on the Beatles directed by Peter Jackson which reworks the material recorded in January 1969, including the famous concert on the roof of Apple Studios. The New Zealand director explained why, for the series, chose not to interview the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
As we read in our review of The Beatles: Get Back, the series reworks hours and hours of video footage made by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg on commission, but limits itself to using some interviews made to the past of Savile Row during the concert on the roof , excluding any foreign material. Peter Jackson explained to CinemaBlend why he decided to rule out the possibility of interviewing the Beatles living today, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr:
“I decided very early not to interview Paul or Ringo or anyone else. I didn’t want modern day interviews in this footage. I didn’t want that 50 year gap. I wanted everyone to go back to 1969, to be in the room with the Beatles, to be them to tell their story, so that was the plan, and that’s actually what we did.
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The New Zealand director felt that adding a modern perspective would take viewers out of the moment, and he wanted everyone to immerse themselves in this time travel. A modern look at the past would have had the benefit of hindsight, and that’s what Jackson wanted to remove:
“The real story is really interesting day after day, you kind of follow it a little bit a day, and then you actually get to accompany the Beatles as these events happen almost in real time for them. It’s Tuesday, they don’t know what’s going to happen on Thursday. and we don’t even know what’s going to happen on Thursday “.