Paul McCartney almost starred in US TV show ‘Friends’

The former Beatle was asked to play Ross Geller's British father-in-law

It has been revealed that Paul McCartney was close to being cast in hit US sitcom Friends.

The former Beatle, who played two shows at London’s O2 Arena over the weekend, was headhunted for the role of Ross Geller’s father-in-law back in 1998. Speaking to Huffington Post recently, the show’s casting director Leslie Litt confirmed that the creators wanted McCartney for Season Four’s two-part finale, which saw Geller marrying British love interest Emily Waltham (played by Helen Baxendale) in London. Emily’s father was eventually portrayed by Scottish-born actor Tom Conti.

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“I went through his manager and gave him all the details,” Litt said. “One day, someone in the office brought me a faxed letter written to me by Paul himself!” Litt continued to tell Huffington Post: “He thanked me for my interest and said how flattered he was, but it was a very busy time for him.”

At his London show on Saturday (May 23), Paul McCartney teamed up live with Dave Grohl, combining for a rendition of ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, and performed his 1980 track ‘Temporary Secretary’ live for the first time ever.

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McCartney recently discussed his recent collaborations with rapper Kanye West, describing himself as feeling “lucky” and “flattered” to be working with the hip-hop star. McCartney told The Evening Standard: “”It’s good to connect with different artists,” McCartney said. “The secret is I keep myself very open to suggestions – I still feel like I’m about 30…. I’m lucky that someone like Kanye would go, ‘Yes I would like to work with Paul McCartney’. I was quite flattered.”

McCartney previously compared collaborating with West to working with John Lennon. He told The Sun, “When I wrote with John, he would sit down with a guitar… We’d ping-pong till we had a song. [Working with West] was like that.”

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