Late Beatles legend John Lennon turned down a career as an actor - branding the profession "silly". Lennon starred in a variety of movies throughout his career, including A Hard Day's Night and Help! along with his Beatles bandmates. And Richard Lester, who directed both movies, found that Lennon was a natural in front of the camera and attempted to persuade him to become a full-time thespian. But Lester admits the star was less than impressed with the idea. He says, "I had enormous respect for John. While we were working on How I Won The War in 1967 I said to him, 'You know, if you wanted to be a straight actor, you could do that. You've got the ability'." But Lennon retorted, "But it's a bit silly, isn't it?"