- Peter Jackson looked through hours of Beatles footage for The Beatles: Get Back.
- Peter Jackson was surprised to realize Paul McCartney was nervous about meeting him.
- Paul McCartney said Peter Jackson helped him forgive himself.
Director Peter Jackson was full of apprehension when he began work on the docuseries The Beatles: Get Back. While he wanted to make a Beatles movie, he didn’t want to make one about their break up. He was happily surprised by the old footage and began work on the documentary. When he met Paul McCartney, Jackson was shocked by the realization that McCartney was nervous. McCartney wasn’t sure what Jackson thought of him after watching the footage.
‘The Beatles: Get Back’ was released in 2021
Though Jackson wanted to make a Beatles movie, he didn’t immediately agree to the project.
“I actually didn’t say yes,” he told Vanity Fair in 2021. “I said, ‘Can I look at all the footage first? And then I’ll let you know.’ Because I was thinking, I’d love to make a Beatles film, but I don’t want to make the Beatles-breakup film. That’s the one Beatles movie I would never want to make.”
The footage was originally from the 1970 documentary Let It Be, which showed the band frustrated with each other and ready for a change. Jackson said he sat down to watch it with “a kind of heavy heart.” Ultimately, though, the footage surprised him.