November 3, 2005

"If a body meet a body, coming through the rye..."

Ain't It Cool News is reporting, via Variety, that actor Jared Leto has been cast in the role of Mark David Chapman in a movie titled Chapter 27. Actress/blog fodder Lindsay Lohan has been cast in a role, as well. Chapman is the man who shot John Lennon shortly after receiving an autograph from the former Beatle.

The title is most likely a reference to the fact Chapman, being the disturbed person he was, sat down and read from The Catcher in the Rye only seconds after killing Lennon. The classic J.D. Salinger novel only has twenty-six chapters. Chapman is said to have seen himself as a sort of Holden Caufield (the novel's protagonist). Holden hated phony people, and Chapman believed Lennon was a phony who'd betrayed the values he appeared to promote in songs such as "All You Need Is Love" and "Imagine".

It's sad that we glorify creeps like Chapman by devoting a film to him. I guess our interest in things like that come from the same impulse we have to slow down while driving past a traffic accident.

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