Telling harsh truths about the modern music business, this riveting and award-winning documentary gives intimate access to singer/actor Jared Leto ("Requiem for a Dream," "Dallas Buyers ... See full summary »
The name of the actor who plays John Lennon, Mark Lindsay Chapman, is similar to that of Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman. In 1985, Mark Lindsay Chapman was supposed to play John Lennon in the TV movie John and Yoko: A Love Story (1985). But Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, who was involved in the production, asked that Chapman be replaced in the role. She considered it "bad karma," because Chapman's name was so similar to her husband's killer's name. Actor Mark McGann played Lennon instead in the TV movie. See more »
On a shelf in the bookstore is a copy of White ninja. Published in 1990. The movie takes place in 1980. See more »
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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In the credits, all of the people are credited for their characters, however the final listings are as follows: John Lennon..................Mark Lindsay Chapman and Jared Leto See more »
Deck the Halls
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
Arranged by Daniel May
Performed by Daniel May, Benjamin May, and Gary Gibbons
Published by Revision West (BMI)
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"This is my statement"...but what of the filmmakers?
A rather contemptible recreation of events in the disturbing life of John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman. As portrayed by Jared Leto (a disciplined, dedicated actor who gained some 60 pounds for the role), Chapman is a suicidal, overweight ex-student from Georgia by way of Texas who believed himself to be the embodiment of Holden Caulfield, the anti-hero celebrated by J. D. Salinger in his book "The Catcher in the Rye". By killing a celebrity, Chapman felt he would finally gain all the attention he'd been deprived of in life. Leto plays him as a schizophrenic drifter with a short fuse, a man so alienated from the real world that he puts down the rich and famous for being phony without ever realizing his own deluded behavior. Without a doubt, extremely queasy and disturbing material, yet the film isn't particularly enlightening or incisive on any level. Writer-director J.P. Schaefer stages the entire picture as a build-up to Chapman's final release of fury, sort of like 'the ultimate event'. We get nothing in the wake of the senseless killing except actual news footage from December 1980 (with pictures of the real John Lennon held up by the crowds). Schaefer exploits the grief in these archival clips simply to cap his own movie off, while the actor playing Lennon (briefly glimpsed) is named Mark Lindsay Chapman... Is nothing sacred for filmmakers anymore? The melodrama on display here is meant to squeeze and prod us, and to keep us in suspense, but the sensationalistic tactics come through loudly and cheaply. *1/2 from ****
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