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Peter Serafinowicz IS Paul McCartney!
In Robert Zemeckis' new Yellow Submarine

12 January 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Heat Vision Blog

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Anyone who knows comedian Peter Serafinowicz' work knows he can do a killer Paul McCartney impression. And now he'll get the chance to show the world - though the medium of performance capture, at least - in Robert Zemeckis' remake of cartoon Beatles musical Yellow Submarine

Zemeckis has plumped for a surprisingly eclectic bunch of performers to play the band members in his new film - Dean Lennox Kelly, of Shameless and (more recently) Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, is John Lennon, Cary Elwes - who worked on Christmas Carol with the director - is George Harrison and Epic Movie's Adam Campbell is Ringo Starr. 

But in an odd twist, they won't be needed for the musical numbers - that duty will fall to tribute band Fab 4, who will be playing along to actual Beatles tracks. Sounds like overkill, if you ask us.  

Still, we're delighted to see Serafinowicz get more work, even if we reckon he could pull a Jim Carrey and play all four roles himself. But with his rising profile across the pond, we're gleeful at the thought of US TV entertainment hosts having to pronounce his last name.

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Poor casting. His Paul McCartney impression is shit. More

Posted by drewspants at 23:06 on 13 September 2010 | Report This Post

i dunno
i really dunno how to feel about this. of course they aren't going to look like the actual Beatles, but i just hope they will do justice. thats a lot of weight on their shoulders. More

Posted by TheBeatles1 at 16:40 on 12 January 2010 | Report This Post

He IS??? (sorry, that reaction was just stuck in my head) More

Posted by Bluehawk at 14:25 on 12 January 2010 | Report This Post

Credit to Zemeckis for thinking outside the box on this one (Dean Lennox Kelly? Wasn't he in corrie recently?) but i still don't see the point of it... More

Posted by Jenzy at 13:55 on 12 January 2010 | Report This Post

What is the point of this? Okay Serafinowicz does an awesome impression! But if you haven't got the original Beatles songs then it kind of makes this redundant, no? But hey if a Beatles tribute band can get those songs to a new generation brought up on shitty X factor rubbish then all the better I suppose!! But my 6 and half year old stepson likes the original they could just re-release that!! More

Posted by Andybee76 at 13:23 on 12 January 2010 | Report This Post

Paul McCartney is a Sith Lord?!
Darth Maul to play Macca?! More

Posted by Maca007 at 12:31 on 12 January 2010 | Report This Post

L: ukslim Bear in mind that (for the dialogue) the original Yellow Submarine was voiced by actors, not by The Beatles. We must assume that the original music will be used. he surviving Beatles and the estates of Lennon and Harrison haven't cleared the rights to original recordings for use in film and television in YEARS. I certainly cannot remember the last time an original Beatles track was used in a film, which is obviously why Zemeckis and the filmmakers have opted to use cov More

Posted by Companero at 12:23 on 12 January 2010 | Report This Post

Bear in mind that (for the dialogue) the original Yellow Submarine was voiced by actors, not by The Beatles. We must assume that the original music will be used. More

Posted by ukslim at 11:50 on 12 January 2010 | Report This Post

RE: and one more thing
So glad for Serafinowicz - he's never really got the same recognition for his brilliant impressions; he is arguably the most consistent out there and there's not one impersonation. where you can say easily that he's off the mark. He does a brilliant Kevin Spacey, Al Pacino and his Michael Caine is class ! More

Posted by KnightofZyryab at 11:37 on 12 January 2010 | Report This Post

I do hope that they will transport the original Yellow Submarine track, with the voices of the REAL Fab 4 to this upgrade mocap remake. If it isn't the Beatles original music and voices singing, then I lose total interest in this project. More

Posted by El-Branden Brazil at 11:35 on 12 January 2010 | Report This Post

and one more thing
anyone else think that Serafinowicz could do a passable Christopher Walken impression? Would you LOOK at that hair?!! More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 10:40 on 12 January 2010 | Report This Post

Still waiting...
for a good mocap movie. Will see what Tintin is like first. Avatar was stunning but I reckon that's a breed apart. Zem seems utterly enamoured by the process but I'd love to see guys like him make a movie with actual people in it - what was his last What Lies Beneath? And that was Harrison Ford's best role other than Indy. Does this tell us something? 2 things... 1. Zemekis is an extrememly talented live action director and great story teller. 2. Ford needs someone like this and a movie w More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 10:39 on 12 January 2010 | Report This Post

Thumbs Up For Paul!
Damn, should've called me, Bob. I also do a killer impression of Macca. I'll have to drown my sorrows on a Linda McCartney sausage sandwich. All right, our kid! More

Posted by BenTramer at 07:53 on 12 January 2010 | Report This Post

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