Disney Wanted “Beatles” Swearing Removed
Peter Jackson’s six-hour Disney+ mini-series “The Beatles: Get Back,” which chronicles recording sessions with the Liverpool quartet in the very late 1960s, has received praise for its candour.
Though for the most part a loving tribute, the doco also doesn’t hold back on showing some of the reality of the group from heated debates to George Harrison storming out at one point.
Speaking to The NME, Jackson revealed that Disney at one point wanted the project to ditch the band’s colourful use of coarse language:
“Disney wanted to remove all the swearing and Ringo [Starr], Paul [McCartney] and Olivia [Harrison] said: ‘That’s how we spoke. That’s how we talked. That’s how we want the world to see us’.”
Why Disney would want to cut the language, beyond trying to appeal to a young audience that likely cares little about the Beatles’ history, is not clear. The series, which was released on Thursday on the Disney+ service, sits at an impressive 87% on Rotten Tomatoes.