In my life: Len­non on screen

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Cover Story -

“We knew we weren’t mak­ing Stars in Their Eyes,” Sam Tay­lor-Wood says of

per­for­mance as in Nowhere Boy. “He em­bod­ied him heart and soul, but he was never go­ing to look ex­actly like him. Peo­ple were al­ways go­ing to com­plain if we tried that.”

Fair enough. Peo­ple are, in­deed, very fa­mil­iar with Mr Len­non. Aside from all that footage of him on stage, there are the many quasi-fic­tional recre­ations of the great man. played him twice: in and and

A perky ac­tor, with a face that yells de­fi­ance, Hart caught the stub­born self-con­fi­dence of the singer as he and his pals re­drew the pa­ram­e­ters of mod­ern celebrity. More re­cently,

of­fered a hi­lar­i­ously blissed-out ver­sion of John in

In the durable 1978 par­ody

– fol­low­ing a band of cheeky Liver­pudlians named The Rut­les – late of the Bonzo Dog Doo Band, played a self-im­por­tant idiot named Ron Nasty who, fol­low­ing a con­tro­versy in the United States, claimed he merely meant to say that The Rut­les were big­ger than “Rod”. There’s more.

and have all played Len­non in var­i­ous TV movies.

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