Sir Paul McCartney almost hit by car after posing on iconic Abbey Road zebra crossing
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Sir Paul McCartney had a near miss after posing on Abbey Road's zebra crossing to recreate The Beatles' iconic album cover. You can watch the close call below:
While most 80-year-olds slow down in their winter years, the British singer was busy filming for his daughter's recent documentary If These Walls Could Sing.
Mary McCartney's film, which dropped on Disney Plus in the UK on 6 January, is said to be the 'untold story of Abbey Road studio', comprising interviews and backstage access to the premises.
But the film could've had a very different ending had Mr McCartney made one misstep.
You see, Mary had taken her dad to the zebra crossing to recreate the Fab Four's 1969 album cover.
But as he pulled an excited stance, he was so focused on the camera that he didn't see the car coming straight for him.
Thankfully, he took a step forward just in the nick of time.
Speaking to S Magazine about the incident, Mary said: "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!"
Classic London - if you know, you know.
A number of commenters shared their thoughts on the clip, with one writing: "How did the driver not see him, it’s not as though the road is long and winding or anything?"
Another quipped: "Holy Moly! Obviously didn’t recognise him with his shoes on."
"McCartney must be the most chill guy in the world," said a third. "Most people would be pissed as hell to have an oblivious driver almost hit them while blowing through a crosswalk!"
Others were just infuriated that the driver didn't follow the Highway Code - you're meant to stop at zebra crossings to let pedestrians pass, after all.
But he managed to escape unscathed, and the documentary has proved to be a hit with music fans.
Mary previously spoke about how, despite being an established photographer, she was 'nervous' about showing the film to her dad.
"I was really nervous showing the film to my dad," she said. "I took him to a cinema to watch it and kept thinking, 'Oh my goodness, I hope he likes it.'
"The next day, I was at an event and somebody said, 'I saw your dad and he was talking about the documentary for ages.'
"It's somewhere he's really passionate about so when he heard I was doing the documentary, he was really pleased and it made him think about Abbey Road again and a lot of the stories."