George Harrison filmed his solo scene for A Hard Day’s Night on this morning at Twickenham Film Studios.
There was one piece of dialogue where I say, ‘Oh, I’m not wearing that – that’s grotty!’ [Scriptwriter] Alun Owen made that up; I didn’t. People have used that word for years now. It was a new expression: grotty – grotesque.
I suppose he thought that being from Liverpool, he knew our kind of humour. If there was something we really didn’t like, I don’t suppose we would have done it – though by the time we got to Help! (in 1965) we were cocky enough to change the dialogue as we liked. Alun wrote a scene about us being harassed by the press – which was a real part of our daily duty. They would ask things like, ‘How did you find America?’ and we’d say, ‘Turn left at Greenland.’