THIS MONTH: UN­CLE JACK’S CELL­MATE, PI­RATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

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“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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