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One Direction: Comparisons with The Beatles are 'flattering' but not right

One Direction (left to right) Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles with Morgan Spurlock. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

One Direction have told ITV News that although the comparisons with The Beatles are "flattering", it was not something they agreed with.

Morgan Spurlock, the creator of Supersize Me and director of the band's first feature film This Is Us, told The Daily Telegraph that working with the band was "the closest I'll get to Beatlemania".

I actually lobbied for this job.

This is probably the closest I’ll get in my whole lifetime to seeing anything similar to Beatlemania. The access we got, the stories we tell … I just think it’s remarkable.

– Morgan Spurlock

But Zayn, Louis and Liam dismissed the claims, saying the Liverpudlian foursome were "in a league of their own" and "much cooler than us".

The band, who found fame on ITV's X Factor, are set to release a 3D documentary that chronicles their rise to fame.

Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne will attend a world premiere in London tomorrow and dedicated fans are already camping in Leicester Square in a bid to catch a glimpse of their idols.

One Direction fans wait in Leicester Square before tomorrow's premiere. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Harry and Niall told ITV News the band felt a sense of "responsibility" towards their fans as their "role models" and that they "hoped to do it justice".

The band added that the film shows it was their loyal fans who helped propel them to international fame.

Liam said making One Direction: This Is Us - which has been described as a "warts and all" documentary - was nerve-wracking and said there could be a follow-up if it is a hit.

I think at the moment we just want to see how this one goes to be honest with you.

It's so nerve-wracking making the film and stuff.

I was thinking the other day when we sit in the premiere and everybody is actually watching it on the big screen it's going to be amazing but I don't know, maybe we'll see how this one goes, see if people like it.

– Liam Payne, One Direction

Harry said the experience was "really strange" but at the same time "it kind of didn't make that much of a difference".

One Direction (left to right) Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles with Morgan Spurlock. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

It was kind of just getting on with the day but there was someone in your way when you tried to get out of a door.

– Harry Styles, One Direction

The boyband have had a meteoric rise since appearing on ITV's X Factor in 2010, becoming the first British act to top the US Billboard chart with their debut album.

Louis said one advantage of making the film was it helped them remember everything that had happened to them in the last few years.

Because so much is happening to us you kind of just lose it all.

It's great just to sit back and watch it back and remember and relive those moments.

– Louis Tomlinson, One Direction

Asked why there was no sex or drugs in the film, Harry joked: "This is a family press conference."

Louis added: "We like to think we're rock 'n' roll but we're not really."