The most annoying thing about following movie news and patronizing film festivals is the pesky waiting. You hear about a film, you get excited, and then you wait. And then you wait more. Once you hit that 365-day mark, it's no longer just an exercise of patience, but trying to come to terms with the fact that you might never see the movie at all, or might never see the movie again. It seemed that this is what would happen with Chapter 27, which premiered back in January of 2007, but now, finally, the film is going into limited release this week.
To refresh your memory: this is the film about John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, and details the days that lead up to the infamous day. It's got Lindsay Lohan pre-clean up, and Jared Leto all body-morphed. In an interview with New York Daily News, Leto talks about morphing into the pudgy killer, and his take on the role.
Leto used the bulking up, which he says was much harder and more physically taxing then going skeletal for Requiem for a Dream, to change his own real-life experience: "It was interesting to see people's reactions -- particularly people I knew but hadn't seen in a while and who obviously thought I'd let myself go." That's certainly a decent way to figure out a character's mindset -- that whole "walking in their shoes" technique. Leto also talks about Chapman himself and the point of the film -- that he doesn't sympathize with the man's actions, but wanted to explore his motivations.
The film has gotten a mediocre response thus far, but I'm still intrigued -- especially since I watched the also seemingly questionable Across the Universe and loved it. How about you?