...what made the Rutles truly remarkable was the involvement of George Harrison. The Beatles' guitarist played a cameo role of a TV newsman interviewing Palin outside the Rutles' "Banana" headquarters in London. More importantly, Harrison was able to draw superstars such as Mick Jagger (playing himself, of course), Ronnie Wood and Paul Simon into the project.
"George was in it up to his neck," recalls Innes, who will perform Rutles favourites at a rare club performance tomorrow night at Hamilton rock club This Ain't Hollywood. "He was really behind it. He brought in film from the archives so (director) Gary Weis could match it. George showed up for all the filming."
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