In my life: Lennon on screen
“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.