Paul McCartney Snuck Into a Cinema to Watch “Yesterday” and Loved It

Sir Paul McCartney. Photo by Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock (9323807re)

Yesterday was one of the feel-good films of the summer. Starring Himesh Patel, the uplifting blockbuster tells the story of a failing musician who wakes up to discover that no one remembers The Beatles.

Months after the film’s initial release, Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that he was not impressed by the idea and declined the opportunity to watch a premiere screening. Now, he has confessed that he eventually did go and see the movie. And he loved it.

“That began when Richard Curtis, who [directed] Love Actually, wrote to me with the idea. And I thought, ‘This is a terrible idea’, but I couldn’t tell him, so I said, ‘Well, that sounds interesting – good luck,’” the Beatle told Billboard.

“I didn’t think anything more of it. Then someone said Danny Boyle would direct it, and I thought, ‘They must think they can pull it off.’ And I thought nothing more of it until they asked if I wanted to see a screening. I asked Nancy, and we said, ‘Let’s go, you and me, on a date to the cinema’.”

The couple then snuck into the cinema anonymously, hoping that no one would catch them.

He recalled: “We were in the Hamptons in the summer and there it was, so we got two tickets and walked in when the cinema went dark. Only a couple of people saw us. We were in the back row, giggling away, especially at all the mentions of Paul McCartney. A couple of people in front of us spotted us, but everyone else was watching the film. We loved it.”