THIS MONTH: UNCLE JACK’S CELLMATE, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
“IT’S NOT EVERY day you get to hang out with a Beatle,” says Darcy Laurie of the day when he, well, hung out with a Beatle. Laurie played Uncle Jack’s Cellmate in the most recent Pirates Of The Caribbean movie; Uncle Jack just happened to be one Sir Paul Mccartney.
Macca replaced Keith Richards, who was meant to return as Jack Sparrow’s dad. But out went a Stone, in came a Beatle as Sparrow’s uncle, and an out-offocus Laurie played poker with Mccartney as the latter bantered with Johnny Depp through the bars of a cell. “I wouldn’t swap the experience for anything,” says Laurie, who found that Paul was dead cool. “We improvised and chatted a bit,” he recalls. “I made a little joke when he asked what we should play poker for, and I said, ‘Maybe concert tickets?’ He replied, ‘Unfortunately, they’ve given me the winning hand every time!’” So Laurie switched the hands when Mccartney had his back turned. “He called me a ‘little rascal’ for that, which was pretty great.” Laurie, who will star as Pablo Escobar in TV movie Cocaine Godmother, didn’t ask for a pic: “I just have the memories.” Not least Mccartney recording Uncle Jack’s intro, where he sings the Scouse standard (and track on The Beatles’ Let It Be) Maggie Mae. “They needed to get some ‘wild lines’ [audio recorded to be synchronised later], so they had him sing,” says Laurie. “He did Maggie Mae and Molly Malone, and improvised a song of his own — so I basically got a private concert from Paul Mccartney!” Two thumbs up.
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