A couple of years ago, English actor James Corden persuaded former Beatle Paul McCartney to be in a TV sketch. How? Baby name.
Both men were on the The Graham Norton Show recently, and this is how Corden told the tale:
I laid it on very thick, telling him, “people won’t die if you do our sketch.” It makes it very difficult for people to say no. He said, “bloody hell, James, I’ve heard some groveling in my time.” I then said, “that’s nothing — if you’d said no, I was going to say I would name my unborn child after you.” To which he said, “if you promise to do that, I’ll do the sketch.” And that’s why my son is called Max McCartney Kimberley Corden.
Max was born in March of 2011, right around the time the sketch aired. (It was part of Red Nose Day 2011, a telethon organised by Comic Relief.)