Saturday marks the 70th birthday of John Lennon. It comes as no surprise that in celebration all of Lennon's solo efforts are being re-released along with a complete box set. Also being released this weekend, to a limited number of theaters is Nowhere Boy, a biographical look at Lennon's formative years. In the film, Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson portrays Lennon as a teen growing up in Liverpool, yearning for a normal family, and escaping into art and rock 'n roll. Johnson certainly isn't the first to portray Lennon, young or old. In celebration of Lennon's 70th and the film, we take a look back at the many portrayals of Lennon on the silver screen.
8. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - John Lennon, as played by Paul Rudd
7. I'm Not There - John Lennon, as played by Johann St-Louis
Don't Look Back.
6. Chapter 27 - John Lennon, as played by Mark Lindsay Chapman
5. Two of Us - John Lennon, as played by Jared Harris
4. Forrest Gump - John Lennon, as played by Joe Stefanelli
3. Backbeat - John Lennon, as played by Ian Hart
The Hours and Times. While Paul McCartney blasted Backbeat, critics praised Hart's perfect portrayal of Lennon.
2. Yellow Submarine - John Lennon, as voiced by John Clive
Fantasia with Beatles music, the animated Yellow Submarine was a box office smash when it was released in 1968. The Fab Four originally distanced themselves from the project, but upon seeing a cut of the film, they were impressed and agreed to appear in the flesh, in an epilogue. Their animated counterparts were voiced by actors--John Clive filling in for John Lennon--but the original music, with the Beatles actual vocals, was the real star of the film. A 3-D animated remake is currently planned for a 2012 release.
1. A Hard Day's Night & Help! - John Lennon, as played by himself
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