Like any director, Ron Howard slices and dices his films — leaving out scenes and people to serve his vision. Now he’s getting sliced and diced himself for cutting an interview with famed singer and musician — and Beatles fan — Ed Sheeran.

Ed Sheeran in 2013. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Sheeran, the English musician and actor who got big breaks during a Los Angeles visit, apparently was cut from “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week,” the Howard film about the iconic band’s touring years of the 1960s.

But as relates, “Ed was invited to give his views on the legacy of the fab four for the new movie.”

But: “Like many other equally vapid and dreary pop stars of the new millennium, such as One Direction, for example, Ed is keen to associate himself with pop giants The Beatles in the hope that some of their reflected glory will rub off and help him shine on.”

Sheeran’s Southland pedigree was described on Wikipedia:

“In April 2010, Sheeran bought a ticket to Los Angeles, with no contacts other than one poetry night. He played open mic nights all over the city, before he was spotted at The Foxxhole by Jamie Foxx, who was so impressed that he offered Sheeran the use of his recording studio and the bed of his Hollywood home for the rest of his stay.”

The Sun in UK called the Howard cut a “snub” of Sheeran.
Sheeran opened for Taylor Swift and the Rolling Stones, and rolled up a slew of awards.

But no cigar from Ron Howard — except for maybe inclusion in bonus features of the deluxe DVD.

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