Wow, that’s a great story in and of itself. In closing, I wanted to mention that, for me, perhaps the biggest strength of the film is the emotional subtext that many of these stories carry.
The beauty of the movie, to me, is not necessarily in the stories on the outside. It’s the stories on the inside. As an example, go back to the Steve Kipner story. He’s just a songwriter dude who’s just going along. He knows Maurice Gibb. And Maurice says, “There’s Ringo’s house, let’s go.” And Steve says, “Ringo has a house?” Which is a funny line. But more to the point, when Maurice left the house, Steve’s there in Ringo’s house. He doesn’t know the Beatles. And then Ringo asks if he can make him dinner and then he wants to watch a movie. And nobody but people like The Beatles had movies at home in those days.
Beyond the funniness and quirkiness of the story on the outside, when you watch it a second time, you start to think to yourself, “Maybe Ringo was lonely.” Here’s this guy he doesn’t even know, and he’s really kind of goading him, “Can I entice you to hang with me?” To me, in many ways, these stories contain certain psychological things we find out about The Beatles that are very human, very much like us. That’s the way I was thinking when I cut it. If you can get into the story a second time, there’s something more there.