Mary McCartney has opened up about how her dad, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney nearly got run over by a car as he crossed the world-famous zebra crossing outside London’s Abbey Road recording studio.
Portrait and fashion photographer Mary – who made her directing debut on a new Disney+ documentary called If These Walls Could Sing which celebrates 90 years of Abbey Road – told OK! one of her favourite moments from the documentary is a modern-day cut of her dad Paul, 80, crossing the zebra crossing.
Unfortunately, the scene didn’t go as smoothly as planned.
Mary, 53, says, “The bit where the car nearly ran him over on the zebra crossing, that was so funny.
"As we were leaving (the studio), I said, ‘I’ll film you’ [on the crossing] and he went over and this car totally didn’t stop for him!”
The documentary also shows a photo of Mary’s mum, the late animal rights activist Linda McCartney, walking a Shetland pony called Jet across the crossing.
Mary reveals, “The picture of my mum leading the pony across the zebra crossing was something I really wanted to put into the documentary.”
She adds, “Obviously she’s not here any more but those things are a reminder of how individual and passionate she was for animals. She was a rule breaker in the right way.”
Mary – who is mum to four boys – two with her ex-husband Alistair Donald and two with her current husband Simon Aboud – was first approached to helm the documentary by Oscar-nominated director and producer John Battsek to coincide with the studio’s 90th anniversary.
Talking about why she decided to say yes to the opportunity, Mary revealed, “I love music, and I grew up going to Abbey Road Studios. But I didn’t know any of the history. So when I found out that it was 90-years-old, I was really surprised – I had not realised it was opened in 1931. Then it just opened up a whole little world.”
“Even though it was moving from photography into directing, I felt like I could still have my style within it,” she said.
She continued, “The way I like to do things is quite calm, relaxed and collaborative and conversational. My worst habit is talking over people. So I had to get over that quite quickly.”
“You can tell people really care about Abbey Road, but it’s like, ‘Why do they care about Abbey Road?’ And I think that’s the thing that I wanted to explore.”
The 90-minute documentary features interviews with those at the heart of Abbey Road’s long history, including her dad Paul, 80, fellow Beatles star Ringo Starr, Sir Elton John, Chic’s Nile Rodgers, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, plus Noel and Liam Gallagher.
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