Why George Harrison Contributed a Song to a ‘Lethal Weapon’ Movie

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George Harrison wrote songs about peace. That didn’t stop him from contributing a song to the ‘incredibly violent’ movie soundtrack lethal weapon 2. During an interview, the calm Beatle explained why he did it.

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George Harrison didn’t like movies in general

According to the book George Harrison on George Harrison: interviews and encounters, the calm Beatle discussed movies during a 1989 interview. He said he had never seen a movie that completely blew him away, although he liked parts of different movies. George said he didn’t like film as a medium because too many films were derivative.

Despite this, George had some positive things to say about lethal weapon 2. He enjoyed Mel Gibson’s performance in the film. lethal weapon 2 entertained George even though he thought it was “so incredibly violent”. He wrote a song called “Cheer Down” which appeared on the lethal weapon 2 soundtrack.

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George Harrison wrote a song for ‘Lethal Weapon 2’ after seeing an incomplete version of the film

George explained why he wrote “Cheer Down” for lethal weapon 2. “I saw it before I wrote the song, and I think because my friend was writing the score and he was trying, I think, to get me involved because Eric [Clapton] was going to make music with David Sanborn, and he showed me the rough cut of it without any sound on it – just the live sound, no dubbing,” he said. “The reason I did this, I think, was basically because Michael Kamen was doing music there and he wanted me.”

George had a positive experience with the director of lethal weapon 2, Richard Donner. “And then I met Dick Donner, who is very nice; I liked him very much,” he said. “And then when he heard the song, how we did it – we started doing it with Eric for his album. Dick heard Eric’s raw version of it, and he really wanted the song, so he m asked if I would because Eric wasn’t interested in doing it for the movie.

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The way the world reacted to ‘Cheer Down’

“Cheer Down” was released as a single. The song did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, George’s estate included it on their greatest hits compilation Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison. Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard 200remaining on the card for 14 weeks.

According to The Official Map Company, “Cheer Down” was also not recorded in the UK. Meanwhile, Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison reached No. 4 in the UK and stayed on the chart for eight weeks. “Cheer Down” was not one of George’s hits; however, it has an interesting connection to lethal weapon 2.

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