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Ed Sheeran Says He Was ‘Third Choice’ for Yesterday Role After These Musicians: They ‘Said No’


Ed Sheeran standing in front of a screen: MIGUEL A LOPES/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Ed Sheeran

According to Ed Sheeran, his uncanny resemblance to the main character in Yesterday was purely coincidental, despite his own theories.

The 30-year-old singer-songwriter appeared on Radio 1’s Big Weekend Saturday on BBC Radio 1 and talked about his first movie role in the 2019 film Yesterday, in which he played himself alongside protagonist Jack (Himesh Patel).However, Sheeran wasn’t the first singer to be considered for the role of a notable musician, whom Jack works with throughout the narrative as he becomes famous for performing Beatles songs that only he can remember the existence of.”They asked Chris Martin, he said no, they asked Harry Styles, he said no, and I was third choice,” he recalled.

What made matters funnier is that the movie’s scribe, Richard Curtis, knew Sheeran and his wife Cherry Seaborn because they all live in Suffolk, England. So when Sheeran read about Jack, he was convinced Yesterday was based on his life.