Paul McCartney has turned down repeated appearances on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke.
Back in 2018, the Beatles legend appeared on Corden’s popular Late Late Show segment in a 23-minute sketch on the streets of Liverpool, singing some of the band’s most iconic hits.
The video has 68 million views, which Corden said at the time was “the best episode” of the show they’ve ever done.
The presenter has revealed, however, that getting Macca to sit in the passenger seat is not an easy task.
“He told me, ‘I’m in, I’ll do it, I can’t wait,'” Corden recalled in a resurfaced 2021 interview with PaleyFest LA.
“A month later we got the message that he had cancelled, that he didn’t want to do it. For some reason he had chickened out. But two weeks later he came back.”
And then, about eight or nine days before we flew to Liverpool to do it, it was one of those nights when I woke up around one in the morning and did what we all shouldn’t do: get up and look immediately. the phone.
“And there was an email that said, ‘Look, I’m sorry, I don’t know how to write this, Paul changed his mind. He feels like this isn’t for him right now. He still wants to do it. one day.'”
Corden added that while he would normally consult with his team, he decided to write an email to McCartney saying his cancellation was “unacceptable”.
“I told him, ‘I totally respect your decision not to do it, but you have to understand what the consequence is going to be on our show.’
He explained that members of the team had been flown to Liverpool to explore the area and had no budget to “sustain” such an expense without a “finished product”.
He said he told the music legend: “‘I promise you, I promise you, it’s going to be great. And the reason it’s going to be great is because you’re Paul McCartney.”
He agreed, urging McCartney to reconsider, telling him that he would respect his decision if he didn’t, but that he would like him to do something in return when they bring the show to London.
“And the next day [McCartney] He said: ‘Okay. I’m sorry. I am stunned. I’m back. I will,'” Corden said.
The presenter revealed that McCartney was reluctant even on the morning of the shooting.
The musician reportedly told Corden that he did not want to return to his family home, adding that he had not been there since he left.
“I told him, ‘Paul, the only work day you have today is a good time,'” Corden said, “‘and if you have a good time this will work.’
McCartney later sent a text message to Corden to thank him for convincing him and that he had “a glimpse”.
Meanwhile, a new documentary about Paul McCartney, “Man On The Run,” will explore the musician’s post-Beatles life.