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Paul McCartney on "Nowhere Boy": John Lennon Never Punched Me



    Paul McCartney not only played a huge part in the John Lennon story, but also contributed significant input for the Lennon coming of-age movie, "Nowhere Boy."

    It turns out McCartney loved the movie in the end, except for one scene where a young Lennon punches McCartney.
    When PopcornBiz asked the actor who played Lennon ("Kick-Ass" star Aaron Johnson in an amazing turn) about his McCartney critique moment, he could only smile.

    "Paul didn't want to say too much. He loved the film. But he told me, 'I never remember John ever punching me,'" says Johnson. "And that was it really. That was the only thing that bothered him and was an issue."

    The filmmakers for "Nowhere Boy" were concerned about capturing the spirit of Lennon's youth, and importantly the role of the important mother figures in his life. And they succeeded in that regard as Lennon's widow Yoko Ono has attested in her glowing comments about the film.

    "I think we got it spot on," says Johnson.

    So where did the punch scene come from? Johnson can only guess. "I think (Lennon) always wanted to hit him, didn't he?" says Johnson. "If anything it was trying to get that across in the film."

    "After his mother died, (Lennon) was angry and bitter towards everyone and everything for taking this woman away from him," he added. "And who better to hit than Paul?"

    When we asked director Sam Taylor-Wood about the McCartney comments, she pointed out that McCartney praised the film to her ("thankfully, who wants him against you," she said).

    She then described the moment she ran into McCartney after he had seen the film at a mutual friend's wedding. She had her heart in her mouth as the music icon approached her.

    "I saw him and I thought, 'Ohhhh, not him,'" Taylor-Wood says.

    Once again, McCartney brought up the punching scene, but didn't seem too put out by it.

    "He said, 'I understand it's a film and not a documentary.' And he said he appreciated that. And he enjoyed it. And he said 'Thank you.'"

    McCartney had been very giving to the director prior to filming, telling her about working with Lennon in the early days long before the Beatles -- from Lennon's mannerisms to their conversations.

    "That was gold dust," says Taylor-Wood.