BLACK SABBATH Drummer 'Curses' Upcoming MARK CHAPMAN Movie

March 25, 2006

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has issued the following statement via his official web site:

"Just got the shit news that there's going to be a movie about the asshole who shot John Lennon. As a Lennon fan [and] admirer, I can't believe that this film is coming out on general release. I object completely that we have available to us a movie about a guy who robbed millions of people of so much, who stamped out a brilliant mind, and who broke apart a family. When John Lennon died, my heart broke, and I've never gotten over his death, and I know that millions of other people got hurt also.

"Whoever is responsible for this movie, the money, the producers, the cast, the music, I fail to see how you can participate in anything that could bring more infamy to an already infamous murderer, robber and pain-bringer. I curse this movie, and hope that it rots in hell. I hope it's an utter failure.

"For me personally, it feels like another kick in the balls. It still hurts. He's been dead now for awhile, but it still hurts. This movie can only open up old wounds. For the sake of what? Truth? I think not."

According to Roger Friedman of, the basic story of "Chapter 27" casts Jared Leto as the odious Mark David Chapman and Lindsay Lohan as a minor character named Jude. It follows Chapman's activities leading up to the killing, painting him as a jolly fan who is obsessed with "The Catcher in the Rye".

The web site for Peace Arch Films describes it as thus: "The story portrays Chapman's mental collapse, which is played out through his obsession with J.D. Salinger's classic novel 'The Catcher in the Rye', as Chapman's demons win over and persuade him to shoot Lennon on the steps of Lennon's apartment building, The Dakota."


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