- What was the Beatles program like in 1965?
- George Harrison said the Beatles wanted to make more movies than tour
- What George Harrison Didn’t Like About Filming
The Beatles will always be known as the first musicians. But in an interview aired in 1965 KRLA Beat, George Harrison said that he, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr really liked making movies on tour. During their time as a band, The Beatles made five films: a hard day’s Night (1964), Help! (1965), magical Mystery Tour (1967), yellow Submarine (1968) and Let it be (1970). Here’s what Harrison said about his acting career in ’65, when he was filming Help! in the Bahamas.
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In his interviews with David Hull and Derek Taylor, Harrison was asked to detail the Beatles’ current schedule before the band’s next tour of America.
“I think in the meantime we’ll have a new record in England doing TV and things,” he said, as recorded in the book George Harrison on George Harrison. “And then with a little luck the movie will probably be out around that time. Then we’ll have the film songs to close and we’ll have our premiere. And then I guess it’ll be the American tour. Or maybe the premiere of the American tour.” After that, which is in August.
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It seemed like there was a lot in the air. Harrison, as well as the other boys, didn’t quite know what his schedule would be in the coming months because no one had told him.
“We can’t really tell, because we haven’t really been told what’s really happening,” he said. “We just vaguely know this is America, and then all we know is that we can start our third film after the American trip.”
The Beatles were hoping to do two movies a year
Taylor noted that the band fit two films in one year. He asked if the plan was to keep that pace.
“We’re trying,” Harrison said. “I hope so because we enjoy it more than anything else.”
a revelation. The Beatles preferred movies to tour.
“You get more satisfaction out of it when the movie ends,” Harrison said. “You feel like you’ve done something worthwhile, much more than a tour.”
Not only was film making incredibly gratifying, but it was also easier and more enjoyable than going on tour.
“We want to do more films and naturally tour a little less because [touring is tiring],” Harrison said. “People don’t realize that every day you jump out of bed on an airplane and fly a couple thousand miles to do a show… you know it’s not really that much fun. Is.”
The Downside of Filming for George Harrison
Of course, filming has its downsides. For Harrison (a notorious sleep-lover), the biggest downside was getting up early.
“I love it, except we shoot on set every day at 7:00 a.m.,” he said.
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Days were usually nine hours long.
“Well, we wake up at 7:00 and we usually start around 8:00 or 8:30, right through it and then have lunch for about half an hour, and then we go on until work until the sun is gone and there is no more light, which is usually around 5:30,” he said.
But it wasn’t that bad, because if the band wasn’t filming, they found it a little dull to relax in the sun in the Bahamas.
“It’s really cool because if you’re away from work there’s not much to do,” he said. “Just sitting in the sun gets boring and we would all love to get up and work.”