When Sam Taylor did her film [Nowhere Boy], she brought the script round and we chatted about it. She’s a very good friend. And I said, “Well, Sam, that’s not really true. John didn’t really ride on the top of the double-decker bus.” She said, “No, but it’s a great scene.” I mean, the character of Mimi, John’s aunt, I said to her, “She really wasn’t how she’s written in the script. She’s written as a very vitriolic, mean old bitch, and she wasn’t at all.” She was just some woman who was given charge of the responsibility of bringing up John Lennon, and it was not an easy job, you know? She was trying her best. She was kind of strict, but it was with a twinkle in her eye. I said, “I used to go around there and write with John, and she was okay. You’ve got to change that.” Some of the things she did change, but in the end we agreed that this is not a documentary, this is a film, and so she made inferences that weren’t there. Like, this whole idea of the first song we recorded, “In Spite of All the Danger,” being John’s ode to his mother. That’s not true, but in a film, it works better. I remember the session, and I remember all the circumstances around that – and we wrote it together. It did not appear to be an angst-ridden ode. We were copying American stuff that we were listening to. American songs were about danger, that’s why we put it in. But, for Sam, it worked much better in the film as an angst-ridden ballad.
“when the beatles were depressed thinking the group was going nowhere, and this is a shitty deal, and we’re in a shitty dressing room, i’d say, "where are we going fellas?!” and they’d go, “to the top, johnny!” and i’d say, “where’s that fellas?!” and they’d say, “to the toppermost or the poppermost!” and i’d say, “right!” then we all sort of cheered up.“ -john lennon
how accurate was the john-meeting-paul scene in nowhere boy?
Beside the place where they meet, the hall of St Peter’s church, the scene, as the whole movie, is poorly written, with very few scenes faithful to reality.
It upsets me how most of Beatles fans loved it. Not that they can’t enjoy it, but if you ever read a book about John’s or Paul’s life you’ll understand how many lies there are in the movie. In reality, when Paul met John, Paul wore a white jacket with silver flecks, and a pair of black drainpipe trousers, not that pathetic jacket with a flower and those large trousers. And this is important, cause that was the very first impression John got of Paul, that’s why he said that he “dug him cause he looked like Elvis”. When they meet, there wasn’t all the mockery, like in the movie, Paul showed John how to tune a guitar because the instruments owned by John and Griffiths were in G banjo tuning. Paul then sang Eddie Cochran’s Twenty Flight Rock (like in the movie) and Gene Vincent’s Be-Bop-A-Lula, along with a medley of songs by Little Richard. John didn’t look careless, like in the movie, acting like he was unimpressed by Paul’s performance. In the movie he’s impressed but wants to look like he’s not, but it wasn’t like that. Paul, then, also performed at the piano, then John got closer to him and when he leaned an arm on Paul’s shoulder, he realised John was drunk. After the Quarrymen’s show the group, along with Ivan Vaughan and Paul, went to a Woolton pub where they lied about their ages to get served.