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Mark David Chapman:
I believe in Holden Caulfield. And in the book, and what he was saying, what he was saying to a lost generation of phony people.
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***SPOILERS*** We get the whole story of the murder of the Beatles John Lennon played by Mark Lindsey Chapman, no relations Mark David Chapman, straight for the horses mouth the person convict of murdering him Mark David Chapman, Jared Leto,in his cell at the Attaca Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Chapman a fanatical Beatle fan was so obsessed with his hero John that he traveled all the way from his home in Hawaii to New York City, some 6,000 miles, just to meet him. Camped out in front of the Dakota Hotel on the upper West Side of Manhattan Chapman got to meet a number of like wise fanatical Beatles fans like himself including free lance photographer Paul Goresh, Judah Friedlander. It was Paul, the photographer not the member of the Beatles singing group, who was to take the famous photo of John signing Chapman's Beatles album, with a smiling Chapman in it, just hours before Chapman ended up blasting him.
Why! Why! did Chapman do it! Even now Chapman can't quite explain his actions on that fateful night in Decembner 1980. It just seemed that he was so obsessed with John Lennon and when he finally got to meet him something clicked in his sick and disturbed mind that turned him into a homicidal lunatic. John for his part was very nice to Chapman asking him if he wanted him to write anything personal on the album cover that he signed for him which an almost speechless Chapman declined to have him do. That in itself showed how crazy as well as unstable Chapman was and, now 30 years after the crime, still is.
Jared Leto's portrayal of Mark David Chapman was right on target. He even gained some 67 pounds, going from his normal 160 to over 220 pounds,to look like him. Chapman was also obsessed with the underground 1960's J.D Salinger novel "Catcher in the Rye" that together with the Holy Bible Chapman was alway carried and was seen thumbing through throughout the movie. In fact it was "Catcher in the Rye" that Chapman was reading when the police nabbed him in front of the Dakota Hotel after he gunned down his hero John Lennon! We'll never really known, I don't think that even the very obviously psychotic Chapman knows, what motivated Chapman to commit the horrendous crime that he did. The guy wasn't that mentally stable to begin with in the first place. And when he finally met the person whom he was obsessed in meeting all these years something snapped in the poor guy's head that turned him into the monster that he became!
P.S Check out the now very troubled Lindsey Lohan as Jude one of the John Lennon and Beatles fans outside the Dakota Hotel. Lohan is now in the process, besides getting bailed out of prison, of making a film about the late Hollywood glamor queen Elizabeth Taylor. In a number of the head on shots of Lohan in the movie she, at age 19 and 20, looked far more glamorous as well as cute and drop dead gorgeous then Elizabeth Taylor ever did at the very height of her motion picture career!
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