A newly unearthed interview with THE Beatles has discovered George Harrison was originally offered the role of Jesus Christ in Monty Python's THE LIFE OF BRIAN.
The musician, who died in 2001, was a driving force behind the religious comedy classic, which follows the story of a young Jewish man born in the same era and location as Jesus Christ, who is mistaken for the Messiah.
Harrison funded the project after the movie's backers pulled out over the controversial subject matter and appeared in a small cameo role.
But Harrison was originally supposed to have taken on a much bigger part.
He says, "They wanted me to play the part of Christ. At the beginning, when he's doing the sermon on the Mount. That's what they tried to get me to do. But I thought it was a bit too controversial."
The role was subsequently taken by Kenneth Colley.