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Lord of The Rings, starring The Beatles
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25 August 2011
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Ok, I read in this norwegian (stupid me) book called: 'Listomania'.

'Listomania' is a book about music-history in lists.

Anyways… There was a Beatle chapter, and in the end of the chapter, I found out that Beatles would make a live-action performance of the Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. And I googled it for posters, but they're probably fake.

 

So what do you guys think??? 

 

This was the closest I could find, that wasn't fake (for me, tough)

 

And have Joe written about this before???

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25 August 2011
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It is my understanding that they were asked to star in a "Lord of the Rings" movie, but for whatever reason it never materialized. It was 1965 after all, and the Beatles had already made one movie with a plot centered around a Ring. Who knows what great unpleasantries Ringo would have faced in this movie- making him a hobbit (endless height jokes), casting him as a talking tree...

Yet that potential combined with the psychedelic poster makes me strangely want to see this movie. 

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25 August 2011
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They talked about making various films - a Joe Orton script was one. I haven't written about this because it never happened, so it's a low priority.

I know each of The Beatles was cast, but I can't remember who was who (and I hate LOTR - they're tedious books to wade through). The info is out there though.

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25 August 2011
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According to the always reliable Wikipedia: 

a-hard-days-night-paul-2 was supposed to be Frodo,

a-hard-days-night-george-8 was Gandalf (haha),

a-hard-days-night-ringo-9 was Sam

and a-hard-days-night-john-2was Gollum (!)

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25 August 2011
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I think it ended completely due to copyright issues. However they were bored senseless hanging around all the time during Help! and they had done the film scene.

I really tried to read TLOTR series but after 100 pages of endless description with little happening, they were in the forest still, i gave up. Tried the movies and was even more bored. Interest dead.

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25 August 2011
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

 

I read somewhere that the reason it wasn't made, was Kubrick turned down the offer because he thought the books were unfilmable.

 

I wish they had done it.. but I wish they cast Paul as Aragorn and Ringo as Frodo... and George making a double role as Faramir and me as Eowyn... a-hard-days-night-george-8

 

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25 August 2011
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Ringo fits Sam better than Frodo IMO. Him carrying Paul/Frodo would be a crowning moment of awesomeness for the fella.

I have my doubts about their acting ability though. I mean, could George really pull off Gandalf?

I've tried to read LOTR twice. The first time the book fell apart in my hands halfway through Return of the King when I was 7 or 8. I tried again last year, but again, I gave up in Return of the King. Resolving the cliffhanger at the end of The Two Towers was a drag.

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26 August 2011
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One thing that always interests me is that if the Beatles had done a 3rd film in 1966 i dont think we would have got Revolver.  Instead of spending those months filming, time that Brian scheduled for, the Beatles got a very long break from recording, touring and doing the beatle thing and were able to take in what was happening, experiment at home, and have a long rest. According to Mark Lewisohn between 13th December and the beginning of the Revolver sessions on 6th April they had only 2 engagements; overdubbing the Shea Stadium soundtrack and recording an interview for the new half owned Epstein publication Disc and Music Echo.

 

Getting back on topic according to Peter Jackson it was Tolkien who killed the idea. And found this website which discusses rejected projects for the Beatles 3rd film. (You should read the comment credited to John regarding the Jungle Book project.)

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26 August 2011
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Surely George Martin would be Gandalf?

(I fell asleep in the middle of EACH of the three movies! II and III at the cinema, I on TV. No way am I ever gonna attempt to read the damn books - tho I did read "The Hobbit" as a teen and didn't hate it.)

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This week's Beatles Rarity focused on this would-be project. The thought boggles my mind if only for the fact Paul is one of the worst actors ever.

As I was describing this to a friend and going through the proposed casting, she said, "And what would George have been? A tree?" Now I can't get the voice of George as an Ent out of my head. :-P

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vonbontee said
Surely George Martin would be Gandalf?

By that logic, then Pete Best should've been Gollum.  pete-best

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Duke_of_Kirkaldy said

vonbontee said
Surely George Martin would be Gandalf?

By that logic, then Pete Best should've been Gollum.  pete-best

Or Yoko as Gollum 

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Im not even sure The Beatles would have kept my interest in such boring rubbish. 

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meanmistermustard said
Im not even sure The Beatles would have kept my interest in such boring rubbish. 

They might have cracked more jokes there was originally. I would be in favor of that. 

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I got to page 100 in the one after the Hobbit (they were in a wood and something was after them or coming closer and they were scared), realised i either kept on going or stopped, and so gave up and read something far more interesting and faster paced - the life and history of paper mache or something equally more thrilling.

A while later someone put disc 1 of the same film on by the end of which life was losing all meaning and i was slipping in unconsciousness, disc 2 was never viewed. 

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18 October 2013
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meanmistermustard said
I got to page 100 in the one after the Hobbit (they were in a wood and something was after them or coming closer and they were scared), realised i either kept on going or stopped, and so gave up and read something far more interesting and faster paced - the life and history of paper mache or something equally more thrilling.

A while later someone put disc 1 of the same film on by the end of which life was losing all meaning and i was slipping in unconsciousness, disc 2 was never viewed. 

I've read a little bit of The Hobbit and the first Lord of The Rings book. I found The Hobbit a little more interesting, but it was still very detailed. I can't read books that are TOO detailed and drag on or I get bored. This happened with the fifth Harry Potter book, for it took me three months to read because I kept putting it down. The rest of the books (Harry Potter) I read within a week. I was able to sit through The Hobbit film, unlike The Lord of Rings movies. With those movies, my mind often drifts off or I start doing something else. I'm not interested in talking/walking trees and walking for three hours, sorry.ahdn_paul_01

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Never In My Life have i read or seen 1 iota of Harry Potter, i simply do not care about wizards, orges or any other such rubbish.  Sorry i tell a lie, i once saw a trailer for one of the movies coming on ITV at some point. Another damn good reason not to watch ITV. blue-meanie

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19 October 2013
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Joe said
They talked about making various films - a Joe Orton script was one. I haven't written about this because it never happened, so it's a low priority.
I know each of The Beatles was cast, but I can't remember who was who (and I hate LOTR - they're tedious books to wade through). The info is out there though.

One person's tedious is another person's obsession - I must have read right through at least a half-dozen times, plus "The Silmarillion" and the entire zillion volume "History of Middle-Earth" :)

 

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meanmistermustard said
Never In My Life have i read or seen 1 iota of Harry Potter, i simply do not care about wizards, orges or any other such rubbish.  Sorry i tell a lie, i once saw a trailer for one of the movies coming on ITV at some point. Another damn good reason not to watch ITV. blue-meanie

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trcanberra said

Joe said
They talked about making various films - a Joe Orton script was one. I haven't written about this because it never happened, so it's a low priority.
I know each of The Beatles was cast, but I can't remember who was who (and I hate LOTR - they're tedious books to wade through). The info is out there though.

One person's tedious is another person's obsession - I must have read right through at least a half-dozen times, plus "The Silmarillion" and the entire zillion volume "History of Middle-Earth" :)

 

heart I tried to read LOTR in sixth grade and couldn't get past the Hobbit history. But when the movies were announced, I tried again, as a friend told me those first 100 pages were the worst. And she was right! After that, I couldn't put them down. I've read them three times as well as The Silmarillion.

It is interesting to think what kind of music they would have come up with. But I imagine the film itself would have been pretty camp.

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