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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Corden reveals McCartney name deal

Graham Norton interviews Sir Paul McCartney, Katy Perry and James Corden for his TV show

Sir Paul McCartney agreed to appear in a TV sketch on condition that James Corden agreed to name his son after him, the actor has revealed.

Corden had hoped to land the former Beatle's services to feature in a Comic Relief film - and he pledged to name his forthcoming baby after the musician.

The pair shared the story as they appeared on The Graham Norton Show.

James' son Max was born shortly after filming the sketch, broadcast in 2011, and was given a middle name McCartney.

Explaining his approach to Sir Paul, James said: "I laid it on very thick, telling him, 'people won't die if you do our sketch'. It makes it very difficult for people to say no.

"He said, 'b****y hell, James, I've heard some groveling in my time'. I then said, 'that's nothing - if you'd said no, I was going to say I would name my unborn child after you'. To which he said, 'if you promise to do that, I'll do the sketch'. And that's why my son is called Max McCartney Kimberley Corden."

Sir Paul, who performs on Norton's show, is promoting his latest album New and he said that his relationship with third wife Nancy Shevell had helped to inspire his music.

"Being loved-up helps," he said. "When I was writing the album in our early days, Nancy was in New York and she was five hours back so I would drop my little girl at school and I'd come home and I'd have a few hours where I didn't have anything on so I would write a song.

"I would then ring Nancy and say, 'Good morning, would you like to hear a song?'. I'd play her the song and it became a really great motivation."

Sir Paul said he had been cheered by the reaction to his first solo album of new material for six years.

"The response has been amazing. I am thrilled. When you are releasing a new album you sort of hold your breath and don't say anything too soon," he said.

:: The Graham Norton Show is to be screened tonight at 10.35pm on BBC One.

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