Chapmancrop Lennon shooter Mark Chapman, who is the subject of not one, but two films to be released in December, was a narcissist who craved fame, claims Andrew Piddington, the director of The Killing Of John Lennon. But in a controversial take on the Lennon murder, Piddington insists that Chapman was not “unhinged”.

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The Fort Worth-born Chapman, who shot Lennon to death outside New York’s Dakota Building on December 8, 1980, looks unlikely ever to be released from prison. Piddington’s film, which MOJO has seen, treats the topic in an intelligent and compelling fashion. By contrast, its filmic rival, the Jared Leto/Lindsay Lohan vehicle Chapter 27, is reported to be heading straight to DVD, and has been the target of an online boycott campaign by Lennon fans who adjudge it in poor taste. Click here to see a clip, with Leto – who bulked up considerably to play Chapman – loonying it up to the max.

“I do not think that Chapman was unhinged,” Piddington said to MOJO this week. “I think he was very calculating. I think he knew exactly what he was doing and he pulled the trigger deliberately to become famous.”

Exploring Chapman’s array of motivations, Piddington downplays the role of “the Little People”, whom Chapman imagined lived in his head and in the walls of his apartment. But if Chapman was hoping for an iota of empathy after 27 years of unalloyed obloquy, he’ll be disappointed.

Piddington: “When you think what John Lennon could have done in the last 28 years and that greasy little schmuck took that away from the world… It’s an extraordinary act of brutalism that should never be forgotten.”

Read more about the Chapman movie smackdown in the next MOJO.

Posted by Danny Eccleston at 04:20PM | Categories: News


Mark Chapman is a worthless poece of shit, and should rot in hell.

Posted by: Paul Malyn | 5 Oct 2007 15:56:09

Sorry I didn't spell, check, he is a "piece" of shit, and I hate that people write articles and do movies about him. If he were to die, the world would be a better place.

Posted by: paul | 5 Oct 2007 16:00:37

fair comment Paul, why give him the notoriety he craves? If we all ignored him he would disappear like he should.

Posted by: fabsnake | 6 Oct 2007 15:42:52

Why don't we just give him a bullet like he the way he took away the world's leader of Peace!!!!
Instant Karma Chapman!!!!

Posted by: Scott | 7 Oct 2007 20:28:11

Mark who????

Posted by: Scott | 7 Oct 2007 20:31:55

Really worrying that the director of this film does not think it's "unhinged" to spend your time calculating to murder someone thinking you are a character out of Catcher in the Rye?!! He should spend some time maybe reading the definitions of mental illness before making pronouncements on this subject. His thinking comes across as very limited.

Posted by: Victoria | 8 Oct 2007 12:08:17

If you loved the music of John Lennon, don't read the article, don't buy the DVD, don't buy any magazine that has an article about the worthless murderer, and certainly don't see the movie. Paul

Posted by: Paul | 8 Oct 2007 18:21:19

But what should I do if I hated the music of John Lennon? I'm confused.

Posted by: Ringo | 8 Oct 2007 19:17:11

It is really great and wonderful that you have a sense of humor regarding the senseless murder of a man that created great music, was loved by millions, and was a positive force in the world. You are simply hilarious! I suggest you go back to watching TV, picking your nose, farting, and eating. That is what you should do, same as you do every other day.

Posted by: Paul Malyn | 9 Oct 2007 15:19:23