“Originally the part was meant for [Coldplay frontman] Chris Martin,” Boyle told PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing host Lola Ogunnaike, explaining that the crooner turned down the film to spend more time with his family.
“So then, of course, we went to Ed Sheeran, and we lied, we said, ‘Ed, you’re our first choice. Would you be interested in this?'” Boyle recalled, adding that Sheeran immediately called him out on the lie.
“He ribbed us mercilessly about it. He never let us forget that Chris Martin was our first choice,” Boyle said.
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Yesterday stars Himesh Patel as a struggling musician who, after a freak accident, wakes up to discover that he is the only one who remembers The Beatles, prompting him to recreate their hits and become an overnight sensation in the process.
Watch the videos above for more on the film, including Boyle’s unexpected reaction to Patel’s audition.