JK Rowling defends decision to cast South Korean actor as Nagini in Fantastic Beasts

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has defended herself after being criticised for casting a Korean actor to play the character of Voldemort’s snake Nagini in the latest Fantastic Beasts film.

The revelation that Nagini would feature in Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald, emerged in a promotional video for the film released on Wednesday. The video shows South Korean actor Claudia Kim turn from a woman into a snake. The Fantastic Beasts series has previously attracted criticism for its largely white cast, and while some are excited by Kim’s role in the film, others have raised concerns about a South Korean actor playing the role of Nagini. In the Harry Potter books, the snake is a submissive character that is the property of villain Voldemort, who drinks her milk for strength before he is restored fully to his body. One critic wrote to Rowling on Twitter, saying “Listen Joanne, we get it, you didn’t include enough representation when you wrote the books. But suddenly making Nagini into a Korean woman is garbage.” Rowling responded, writing that Nagini is a Naga, which are “snake-like mythical creatures of Indonesian mythology”, adding that “Indonesia comprises a few hundred ethnic groups, including “Javanese, Chinese and Betawi”.

J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) The Naga are snake-like mythical creatures of Indonesian mythology, hence the name ‘Nagini.’ They are sometimes depicted as winged, sometimes as half-human, half-snake. Indonesia comprises a few hundred ethnic groups, including Javanese, Chinese and Betawi. Have a lovely day 🐍 September 26, 2018 She also wrote that she had been holding onto the secret that Nagini was a “maledictus” – a human who had turned into an animal due to a blood curse – for 20 years. But many thought Rowling’s response was insufficient. One Twitter user shared translated screenshots of posts from Korean viewers, angry about the casting. “An Asian woman who was on exhibit in a circus … Gets beheaded later and dies? She ate people as a snake in [Harry Potter]”, wrote one angry viewer. Another objected to the way race was dealt with in the Harry Potter series. “You can’t be admitted to Hogwarts unless you’re English and we don’t know if there’s any wizarding schools in Asia, home of 4.4 billion people … [and] a homicidal white man traps an Asian woman inside a snake form and brainwashes her.”

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Rowling has previously attracted praise for her support of the casting of Noma Dumezweni, a black actor, to play Hermione Granger in the London production of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. In 2015, when the casting announcement was made, Rowling tweeted: “brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione”. Rowling has confirmed there will be five movies in the Fantastic Beasts series. The first film, starring Eddie Redmayne, was released in 2016. The second film, which is scheduled to be released this year has already caused controversy, for its casting of Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald, despite accusations against him of domestic violence. It also stars Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore, and fans have expressed disappointment that the character – whom Rowling has confirmed is gay – will not be “explicitly gay” in the film. The screenplay of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald was written by Rowling, who is also a producer on the film.


Music to return to Molineux with Rod Stewart concert next year

Music to return to Molineux with Rod Stewart concert next year

Singing superstar Sir Rod Stewart will play Molineux next summer, it has been revealed. The 73-year-old rock legend is touring the UK to support of the release of his 30th studio album Blood Red Roses, and will perform at the Wolves ground on Saturday June 8. Fans can expect to hear classics such as Maggie May, The First Cut is the Deepest and Hot Legs from across Sir Rod’s more than 50-year career, as well as tracks from the new album. The Molineux performance – the first gig to be held at the ground since Bon Jovi played in 2003 – will be the fifth of seven Sir Rod concerts at stadiums across England and Scotland.

Although Sir Rod played at Shrewsbury Town’s ground last year, it is his the first time he has toured his home country for three years. And Wolves season ticket holders and members will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets via a special sales window next week. ‘Significant for the city’ Wolves Managing Director Laurie Dalrymple said: “It has been 15 years since Molineux hosted a live music event, so today’s announcement is very significant for both Wolves and the city of Wolverhampton. “Attracting top performers like Rod Stewart to Wolverhampton is part of our wider strategic plan to make Molineux a multi-purpose entertainment destination that welcomes visitors from the city and further afield. “We will work closely with the city council to ensure a successful event that drives local economy whilst being considerate to residents.” With his signature voice and style, Sir Rod has produced chart-topping originals and covers in every decade of his career, transcending genres of rock, folk, pop and soul. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with more than 200 million records sold worldwide, and is releasing Blood Red Roses almost 50 years to the date from when he signed his first solo recording contract. The 13-track album is released on September 28, is described as a ‘deeply personal’ collection of originals and covers and follows Another Country which was released in 2015.

How can I buy tickets? Tickets go on sale at 9am on September 21 from ticketmaster.co.uk, but before that there will be two pre-sale windows. The first pre-sale will be at 9am on September 19 but can only be accessed by pre-ordering Sir Rod’s new album Blood Red Roses from hmv.com. Wolves season ticket holders and members will be able to pre-order tickets at 9am on September 20. More information on how this sale can be accessed will be emailed to eligible Wolves supporters next week. The Rod Stewart Live In Concert tour will also visit Southampton, York, Milton Keynes, Ipswich, Aberdeen and Bolton.


Cambridge University students strip off for daring naked calendar

Cambridge University students strip off for daring naked calendar

Cambridge University’s finest sportsmen and women have stripped off for a new naked calendar – all to raise money for charity. The daring photographs feature students from the university’s netball, swimming and lacrosse teams using strategically placed props to preserve their modesty.  One of the racy pictures shows a member of the dance team doing the splits on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens’ College. Others show the lacrosse team baring all in the library and the netball team posing nude in the dining hall at Corpus Christi College.  Cambridge University students have stripped off for a new naked charity calendar. Pictured are members of the netball team posing in the dining hall at Corpus Christi College  The daring charity calendar features members of the Rock n Roll Dancesport team performing acrobatic poses on the city’s famous Mathematical Bridge (above), including one female student doing the splits  Another shows the women’s football team using strategically placed boots to preserve their modesty.

Student Emma Teal, one of the organisers behind the naked calendar, said: ‘We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren’t too many people about. ‘I think the students surprised a few tourists when they posed on the Mathematical Bridge as it’s very near a public path. ‘We’ve had some comments that there’s no way some of the sports men and women can look that good, but no one is edited, they really do look that naturally beautiful.’ Members of the lacrosse team dared to bare all in the Pembroke College library, using strategically-placed props to preserve their modesty Meanwhile, members of the university’s swimming team posed in front of the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences as part of the daring photoshoot  The Cambridge University sportsmen and women that took part in the naked shoot included the volleyball, skiing, American football and fencing teams. The photos were taken at famous locations around the city, including the Botanical Gardens and the Cambridge Union. Student organiser Ladislaya Ladanyi commented: ‘All the teams were fantastic and very enthusiastic. ‘Some of our outdoor shots were taken early in February when it was still snowing and still they didn’t complain despite the freezing cold low temperatures. Students from a range of sports teams got involved in the naked calendar shoot, including American football players who posed on a punt in front of the Bridge of Sighs  Members of the Cambridge University women’s football team posed naked at Emmanuel College, using football boots and scarves to preserve their modesty ‘Although the prospect of getting up and stripping off at dawn did not always seem very appealing to the team and models, the good-natured atmosphere and non-stop entertainment made the early mornings so much more enjoyable.’

Student Joanna Moest added: ‘The hockey men started doing press ups before the shoot to make their muscles look pumped up. ‘The Rock’n’ Roll dance shoot one of the hardest as it was freezing and it’s a really exposed bridge so we had lots of very confused early morning walkers.’ Photographer Kevin Low said he has had a ‘great time’ shooting the naked charity calendar.  The range of locations used for the naked calendar also included the famous Cambridge Union, where the skiing team posed in the debating chamber Meanwhile, the university’s volleyball team decided to pose nude in one of the greenhouses at the city’s Botanical Gardens for the charity calendar  ‘It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and the most challenging and fulfilling photography project that I’ve ever worked on,’ he said.  ‘Many people think that you have to give money to contribute to charity but I think getting off your bum, stripping off and posing for photos is a great way as well.’ The calendar costs £10, with all proceeds going to Beat Eating Disorders, Mary’s Meals, Papyrus and Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre.

For more information, visit www.cambridgebluesnakedcalendar.com 


West Ham’s David Gold says agents are ‘sucking tons of money’ out of football

The West Ham co-chairman David Gold has launched a stinging attack on football agents, declaring they are “sucking tons of money” out of the game. Gold’s outburst comes after Premier League executives called for a ban on clubs paying agents. The 20 clubs collectively aired their frustration with so-called “dual representation”, whereby the agent is paid twice, once by the player and once by the club. They are understood to have the Football Association’s backing in abolishing the practice, which has led to agents being paid increasingly astronomical transfer fees. Gold, who has been joint chairman at West Ham since 2010, said: “They are starting to run football. They are certainly sucking tons of money out of football. We are all trying to pay less, they are doing nothing for football. I can’t believe it is even a discussion. Other than agents, everybody else is against them.” Asked if they were disrupting the game, he added: “That goes with the territory. They are certainly doing that.” The Premier League has also received backing for a number of other proposals it hopes will reduce the influence of agents. These include an exam, a check they have a working UK bank account and a requirement that they provide an annual financial statement to the league. The increasing power of agents has led to them becoming among the most influential figures in football.

Mino Raiola, who represents Paul Pogba, earned £41m from the £86m transfer of the midfielder from Juventus to Manchester United two years ago, taking money from both clubs.

Jorge Mendes, whose clients include Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho, is reportedly the wealthiest agent in football and much of his money comes from fees paid by clubs. Football intermediaries collectively earned more than £220m in fees paid by clubs in England and Wales last year, including £211m from top-tier sides.

Gold and other executives made a move towards abolishing completely the process of clubs paying agents at a Premier League meeting in London. “The FA certainly is in line with our feelings that something has to be done,” Gold said. “From the beginning, it’s not been something that we want and they don’t want. Now it’s Fifa and Uefa we need to come into line and we are hoping they come up with something.” Sign up for The Fiver, our free daily football email. Until 2015 dual representation was illegal in England but that was reversed when Fifa deregulated the way agents operate. HM Revenue & Customs is also understood to be looking at the way dual representation could be used to circumnavigate tax laws. Last season there were 541 player transactions involving Premier League clubs and at least 426 of these, 79%, involved dual representation. Moreover, every single one of Manchester City’s 52 transactions involved dual representation, as did almost all of those deals that involved Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United. Meanwhile, it is understood the Premier League has made headway on finding a replacement for Richard Scudamore, who will leave his post as executive chairman on 14 December. A list of 35 has been whittled down to a shortlist of 10 prospective candidates to replace Scudamore after 20 years in charge.


TV Review: ‘Maniac’ With Emma Stone and Jonah Hill

TV Review: ‘Maniac’ With Emma Stone and Jonah Hill

The most striking shots in Netflix’s new series “Maniac” — not an easy choice to make, given how unusually filmed and how askew the show’s multiple fictional universes are — tend to be the ones in which Emma Stone is emerging from an exhausting stage of a drug trial. While she’s being interrogated about what she experienced, we see her in profile, staring down a nest of cameras positioned invasively close.

When we see her straight-on, she’s drained of colour and dwarfed by a wall of video feeds of her own face, surveilled from every possible angle like the prisoner she’s become. Even as multiple simultaneous shots could expose a single false note, Stone — one of the defining movie stars of her generation — exerts supreme control over her character. She’s not just absent of vanity, but inventive and curious about what a performer can reveal, and how she can reveal it. Under the guidance of “True Detective’s” Season 1 director Cary Joji Fukunaga, Stone and her co-star Jonah Hill mark career highs in “Maniac.” Beautifully made, “Maniac” plunges viewers into a fictional world that’s both divergent from our own and instantly recognizable — and then reinvents itself several times over, skittering across time, space and genre to tell a story of connection that feels urgent and deeply, painfully human.

The two actors’ chemistry is emphasized by the degree to which they’re forced to tamp down their shared charisma. In movies, Stone has made her name on ebullience, and Hill is not far behind; both prove powerful TV presences as well, remaining eminently watchable as they introduce new skills. (Annie is fidgety and watchful; Owen looks away, unable to meet the gaze of the world, or even of his friend.) They bloom together in dreams and, returning to reality, are forced to meet with a more limited emotional vocabulary and test their relationship. Credit the streamer with producing the sort of series in which Emma Stone appears in one episode in hospital scrubs, another in gangster-moll drag and a third in an outfit that’s too good to spoil. But credit Netflix, too, with investing in a show whose tightness of narrative — 10 episodes, none much more than 45 minutes long, in a close-ended season — allows for exploration within constraints. Its power comes, in part, from its refusal to sprawl. As a trial of something new, “Maniac” passes every test, and ascends instantly to take its place among the very best TV of the year. Its eagerness to expose unexpected angles is its great gift.

Novichok poisoning suspects speak out for first time

Novichok poisoning suspects speak out for first time

Theresa May today blasted Russia’s novichok assassins after they claimed to be tourists stuck in Salisbury and called their story ‘lies and blatant fabrication’.

Sergei Skripal with his daughter

The Prime Minister said the suspects, who used the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov to get into Britain, had ‘insulted the public’s intelligence’ and had been ‘deeply offensive to victims’.  Today the suspected GRU agents, believed to be from Siberia, told state TV station RT they were only wandering around Salisbury after failing to get to Stonehenge because of snow. In the ‘absurd’ interview the men even admitted they may have ended up at Sergei Skripal’s suburban home by accident while looking for the cathedral, which has a 400ft spire and is 25 minutes in the other direction. The pair also refused to say why they booked into an east London hotel 127 miles away – or why it contained traces of novichok – and failed to explain why they appeared to have no luggage when they hastily travelled home to Russia. Body language expert Judy James told MailOnline the men appeared to recite ‘a script’ while others said their description of Salisbury and its landmarks bore a remarkable resemblance to the city’s Wikipedia page. Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT even suggested the suspects weren’t trained killers – hinting they were gay lovers on a romantic break because they had ‘little beards, short haircuts and tight pants’.  The PM’s spokesman said today: ‘The lies and blatant fabrications in this interview, given to a Russian state-sponsored TV station, are an insult to the public’s intelligence, and more importantly they are deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack.

The two Skripal suspects Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov have spoken out for the first time and say they were just tourists enjoying the delights of Salibury Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov have been accused by British police of being two Russian spies. During their brazen TV appearance the men claimed they now fear for their lives and demanded an apology from Britain and RT said they were so nervous they needed Cognac before going on air The pair claim they were only in Salisbury for an hour because of gaps in the Sunday train service to London and said if they stumbled upon Sergei Skripal’s suburban house it was only by accident Alexander Petrov, right in CCTV footage, and Ruslan Boshirov, left, were named by British authorities as the suspects but insisted they are victims of a smear and were merely on holiday  Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with Novichok after it was smeared on his front door One of the spies admitted they may have got lost and accidentally ended up near Skripal’s house and said their trip to Salisbury as tourists was hampered by snow so they ‘left early’ on March 4 – the day the Skripals fell ill ‘Sadly it is what we have come to expect. An illegal chemical weapon has been used on the streets of this country, we have seen four people left seriously ill in hospital and an innocent woman has died. Theresa May blasted the suspects’ story and called it an insult to Britain and especially the people of Salisbury ‘Russia has responded with contempt. The police have set out very clearly the evidence against these two men, they are wanted men and we have taken all steps to ensure they are apprehended and brought to justice in the UK if they ever again step foot outside of Russia.’

Scotland Yard says it was aware of statements made ‘by two men’ and reiterated ‘Alexander Petrov’ and ‘Ruslan Boshirov’ are ‘wanted’.  After the extraordinary interview today, it also emerged:  Experts say there are gaping holes in their story and body language expert tells MailOnline the men appeared reciting ‘guide book monologues’ about Salisbury;  PM’s spokesman says that the interview is ‘obfuscation and lies’ to claim the suspected Russian spies went to Salisbury twice in two days as tourists; Scotland Yard says the suspects are still wanted – and insist the two men are using aliases;  Two novichok suspects say they fear that British secret services may be planning to assassinate them; They have also accused UK police of hiding CCTV at Salisbury cathedral and other tourist spots to pin attack on them;   Russian media suggests that the men, who had ‘fashionable beards’ and tight trousers, may have been gay men on a long weekend to Britain rather than a murder mission;  ‘Absurd’ claims of the novichok assassins: Observers point out several holes in pair’s ‘innocent tourists’ story  The ‘accidental’ visit to Skripal’s home CCTV released by police places the two suspects at Sergei Skripal’s suburban house. Today the men admitted they may have ended up there – but claimed it was an accident. The property, which had novichok smeared on the door, is 25 minutes away from the city centre and its cathedral – which the men said they were there to see.  Ruslan Boshirov said: ‘Maybe we passed it, or maybe we didn’t. I’d never heard about them before this nightmare started. I’d never heard this name before. I didn’t know anything about them’.

Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons last week that CCTV evidence ‘clearly’ places the two Russians in the vicinity of the Skripals’ house shortly before the attack on them. The Met Police released photographs of the elaborate ruse used by the Russian agents including a perfect reconstruction of packaging to transport the weapon A timeline of the key developments in the Salisbury poisoning case 2010 – Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer jailed for spying for Britain, is released and flown to the UK as part of a swap with Russian agents caught in the United States. Britain’s most wanted men speak to RT and claim to be humble tourists


This is the moving reason Kate Middleton set up her ‘Heads Together’ project

This is the moving reason Kate Middleton set up her ‘Heads Together’ project

This is so sweet. The lovely Prince William has revealed that working as an ambulance pilot had an effect on him and his family life. This week, he spoke at an event to launch his Mental Health At Work initiative, where he opened up. “You’re just seeing all the sad things, all the pain everyday.

I took a lot home without realising it.” “If you see sad things every day, you think all life is like that… I think that for the medical community, particularly, it must weigh a lot on their minds.” “That you’re always dealing with despair, sadness, injury, things that are really quite troubling. The attrition builds up and you don’t really have the opportunity to off-load it.” And this may just be the reason why Heads Together was launched. In 2017, William admitted that it was his wife’s idea to start the project. “It was Catherine who first realised that all three of us were working on mental health in our individual areas of focus.” Might it have been her own experiences and her husband’s that spurred on the suggestion of the launch? Probably. Kate Middleton and William are joined by Harry and Meghan in their work on the campaign. Prince William’s main aim? “My thing really is to get more men talking about their issues before it is too late, and to stop feeling so strong and unable to seek help.”


Hailey Baldwin Confirms She’s Working Less To Focus On Fiancé Justin Bieber

Hailey Baldwin Confirms She’s Working Less To Focus On Fiancé Justin Bieber

Hailey Baldwin has made it crystal clear where her priorities lie rn, as she’s confirmed she’s being super “choosy” with fashion week in order to spend time with Justin Bieber and her family. The model got chatting at the Carolina Herrera fashion show during New York Fashion Week, and she responded to a bit of advice her uncle Alec Baldwin gave her.

Alec advised the pair to spend as much time together as poss: “People who get married young — and they are very young — I want them to just spend time with each other,” he said. And it looks like Hailey is 100% in agreement, as she’ll be super selective about her modeling jobs going forward in order to make time.

“It’s smart, and it’s important. You have to always put family above work, no matter what,” Hailey said. She added: “I’ve tried to be really choosy with fashion week going forward, just because I want to have the time to spend being relaxed and being with family and my fiancé.” Getty Makes total sense if you ask us, family always comes first. Plus it’s not like Hailey is saying adios to the modeling world altogether, as she’s been a firm presence throughout New York fashion week (even dragging Justin along a few times). Sounds like Hailey’s got her head screwed firmly on.


Coronation Street star Maureen Lipman ‘depressed’ over battleaxe character’s costume

Coronation Street star Maureen Lipman ‘depressed’ over battleaxe character’s costume

NEW Coronation Street star Maureen Lipman has revealed her dowdy getup as Evelyn Plummer has her feeling “depressed”. The national treasure has joined the show as Tyrone Dobbs’ grandmother and while fans are thrilled at her performance, playing the dowdy battleaxe has had a different effect on the actress – especially when she looks in the mirror. Maureen has revealed Evelyn’s wardrobe has left her depressed. According to the Daily Star Maureen told them how she “gets depressed at the sight of Evelyn” adding: “There isn’t much comedy in the actual storyline by the very nature of what it is. But the lines are dry and in a way you have to put your own personality into it, and the writers start to respond to the way it is going so I can only wait and see.” It comes as fans have hailed her as the new Blanche Hunt after her cobbles debut. The new grandmother of Tyrone Dobbs – who is played by Maureen Lipman in the ITV soap – has made an immediate impact as Tyrone and Fiz tracked her down and revealed he is her grandson. Evelyn has made an immediate impact in Corrie. After a hilarious first scenes, fans likened her to the legendary mother of Deirdre Barlow who ruled Weatherfield with her iron tongue right up until her death in 2009. One wrote: “Evelyn is already so classic! Reminds me of Blanche #Corrie” A second added: “We needed a newer Blanche and Evelyn could very well fit that bill with her bitter vitriol. #Corrie”

Another tweeted: “On the positive side, Maureen Lipman is rather good as Evelyn/Blanche 2.0 #Corrie”

ITV Tyrone had a candid chat with gran Evelyn about his mum. She made her presence felt after telling the mechanic she doesn’t have any pictures of his biological mum because she lost them all in a fire. But she will soon move into Tyrone’s house despite her immediate rejection. She also annoys all the locals at the Rovers Return when she takes part in the pub quiz and shouts out the wrong answer, causing her team to lose. Fiz, played by Jennie McAlpine, suggests that it might be time for Evelyn to find somewhere else to live but Tyrone fiercely disagrees. Coronation Street’s Tyrone Dobbs gets a shock from his dad ITV She claimed all pictures of his mum were lost in a fireLater Evelyn, played by screen legend Maureen Lipman, is extremely interested to learn that Tyrone was once engaged to Maria Connor. She then upsets him by telling him that she lost all the photos she had of his mum in a house fire. Tyrone, Alan Halsall, was left stunned recently when it was revealed the woman he believed to be his mum, Jackie Dobbs, wasn’t he biological mum after all. Darren, the man he thought was his dad, dropped the bombshell on him last week that Jackie hadn’t given birth to Ty.


Paul McCartney responds to Quincy Jones calling him ‘the worst bass player I ever heard’

Paul McCartney responds to Quincy Jones calling him ‘the worst bass player I ever heard’

“He’s a crazy motherfucker” Paul McCartney has revealed how Quincy Jones rang him to apologise, after he described the Beatles icon as “the worst bass player I ever heard.”

The controversial comments by the legendary producer came in the same career-spanning interview that saw Jones describe the Beatles as “no-playing motherfuckers” who were “the worst musicians in the world”. Speaking to GQ, McCartney revealed how Jones rang him to apologise – and claimed that he had never made the comments in the first place. “He rang me, and I’m at home on my own,” said McCartney. “And I’d finished work, so I had a drink, and now I’m grooving at home, I’m cooking, I’ve got a little bit of wine going, I’m in a good mood, and I don’t give a shit. So I get a phone call: ‘Is this Mr. McCartney?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Quincy would like to speak with you.’” “Because he’s always worked through security guys. I said, ‘Hey, Quince!’ ‘Paul, how you doing, man?’ ‘I’m doing great—how are you, you motherfucker!’ I’m just living with him. ‘Paul, I didn’t really say that thing—I don’t know what happened, man. I never said that. You know I love you guys!’” Paul McCartney Sir Paul continued: “I said, ‘If you had said that, you know what I would have said? Fuck you, Quincy Jones!’” “And he laughed. I said, ‘You know I would say to that: Fuck you, Quincy Jones, you fucking crazy motherfucker!’ So actually we just had a laugh. And he was like, ‘Oh, Paul, you know I love you so much.’ ‘Yeah, I know you do, Quince’”.

Although Jones denied making the comments to Vulture, he later issued an apology after receiving a dressing down from his six daughters. “I love Quincy, even after this. He’s a crazy motherfucker”, McCartney added. “But I respect him, he’s done a lot of very good things.” He added: “He’s an old guy. I don’t know what it was. But I don’t think I’m the worst bass player he’s ever heard. Or maybe he’s never heard bad bass players.” Yesterday, McCartney revealed how John Lennon once unsuccessfully attempted to convince him to drill a hole in his skull.

McCartney also discussed group masturbation sessions that he and Lennon took part in and whether the rest of the Beatles had watched George Harrison lose his virginity. His new album ‘Egypt Station‘ is out now.