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I found these 2 videos about Eccleston talking about Two Virgins.

 

(In this one he says something very funny and naughty LOL!!)

 

(2Virgins smiley yes please…)

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Joe said:

mithveaen said:

(2Virgins smiley yes please…)


 

Sorry everyone else...! two-virgins


Ah well-
Power To The People! two-virgins
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Right. I've finally got a TX date for this: Lennon Naked, BBC Four, 9.30pm, June 23. And here's some info I managed to get from a BBC source. two-virgins

He is one of the iconic musicians of the 20th century, founder of the Beatles and an advocate of primal therapy. And his story is well known, so John Lennon is perhaps a surprising choice for a film made for BBC Four.

But instead of charting the controversial Liverpudlian's rise to fame or his tragic murder in 1980, Lennon Naked examines the star as a family man and his relationship with his father, with Christopher Eccleston taking the lead role.

The 90-minute drama charts Lennon's life from the death of Beatles' manager Brian Epstein in 1967 to 1971, when Lennon moved to America to begin a new life with Yoko Ono. The content was inspired by a candid interview he gave to Rolling Stone magazine that year and is part of the channel's Fatherhood season.

Director and co-producer Edmund Coulthard brands it a 're-imagining' of this important period in Lennon's life.

'We are not saying love him, we are saying here he is. We are trying to give a flavour of him,' he comments.

This view is echoed by Jamie Laurenson, commissioning editor for drama on BBC Four, who believes focusing on Lennon at a time when he was re-examining his life and relationships with people made more sense than the 'cradle to grave' approach.

'I think that notion of someone who has achieved such a level of fame and fortune and goes through a process of personal re-examination is very interesting,' Laurenson adds.

'Chris Eccleston really captures the restlessness of his character and writer Robert Jones has also done that by giving us a slant on Lennon's life, rather than going down the well trodden route of the rock star biopic. It's a look at an intense and passionate period of his life.

'It is interesting to place a subject as famous as Lennon into a topic that is universal, that of fatherhood. I think his family life is key to understanding him and this film is an interesting counterpoint for both.'

This is Eccleston's first role for BBC Four. He worked with a vocal coach to get the Liverpool accent just right, and says he knew very little about his subject before getting the role.

'I was not a huge fan of Lennon or the Beatles but I was very interested in him as a person and I embraced that,' he explained.

'I became fascinated by him because he was just a very flawed human being. He was incredibly arrogant, and could be dismissive, but he was also humble and gentle. So I listened and read as much about him as I could.

'Lennon is loved for his abrasiveness, and he was a very confessional man. I felt a lot more for him afterwards.' The project was two and a half years in the making, but filming itself only lasted 18 days, so it was an ambitious project with shooting at a large number of locations.

Penned by Robert Jones, screenwriter of The No1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Lennon Naked was made more 'real' by using archive footage of the Beatles and Lennon and their songs, which was available thanks to a blanket agreement with the BBC.

'The archive footage emerged as the project went on but it undoubtedly enhances the feel of the film. It is aesthetic – it is not trying to be social realism,' says Jamie Laurenson.

The film has a dreamlike quality in places – through the use of this footage and flashbacks Lennon has to his childhood you get a sense of his feelings of abandonment. It makes for a very different film from Sam Taylor Wood's recent Nowhere Boy which focused on John as a young man trying to set up his band.

In that respect it is an interesting take on part of the star's life and the perhaps lesser known issues surrounding his parents which, in turn, it is suggested, affected his relationship with his own son from his first marriage.

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BBC page here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00sv451

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Yeah, I did. I found it quite disappointing. It began in 1964, with Lennon and Epstein meeting Alf Lennon in a hotel room, and ended with the announcement of The Beatles' split in 1970. In between was the panning of MMT, John and Yoko getting together, a couple of acid trips, heroin, returning the MBE, the recording and cover shoot for Two Virgins (and yes, you did get to see most of C Eccleston and Naoko Mori), and Primal Scream therapy.

Some of the dialogue was a bit laboured, with well-known quotes being shoehorned into people's lines. Also Christopher Eccleston portrayed Lennon as pretty dislikeable, missing the point that he was often witty and warm rather than a complete bastard (although he was definitely a partial bastard).

They glossed over John and Yoko meeting - one minute he was standing outside the Indica watching her private view through the window, then the next minute he invited her over to Kenwood. And the guy who played Paul McCartney (Andrew Scott) had a terrible accent.

One thing they did quite well, though, was the use of archive footage and JL/POB songs in amongst the drama scenes. On the whole, though, I'd give it a miss if it was on again. There didn't really seem to be any point to it - it was just a random part of John's life that's been documented pretty thoroughly elsewhere, dramatised for the sake of it without adding much new. Most of the reviews have been fairly positive though, so maybe my expectations were just too high.

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Joe said:

And the guy who played Paul McCartney (Andrew Scott) had a terrible accent.

 


He did indeed. Terrible terrible terrible.
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