January 18, 2006

I refuse to mention the Lohan connection

This is from the film Chapter 27, which is currently in production. It shows Jared Leto in character as Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered John Lennon shortly after receiving an autograph from the former Beatle. Note how he's holding a copy of the Double Fantasy album, which Lennon graciously autographed, and The Catcher in the Rye. I must say, he looks convinving. He appears to have applied the Deniro method and put on some weight. So much for the killer abs (I'm so jealous. Damn you, genetics!!).

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". In a sense, Chapman "wrote" the twenty-seventh chapter.

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