The Many Onscreen John Lennons: Who Nailed Him and Who Failed Him


This month, John Lennon would have celebrated his 70th birthday. And even though it’s a momentous number, he’s still getting what he seems to get every year: another actor pretending to be him in a movie. This time it’s Kick-Ass’s Aaron Johnson in Nowhere Boy, Sam Taylor-Wood’s film about Lennon’s teen years leading up to the formation of the Beatles. But in the past he’s been played by a movie star, a TV star, a Monty Python sideman, assorted other Brits (one pulling double duty), and himself. Together, these flicks cover just about everything except Lennon's potty-training years. Follow the slideshow to see his various onscreen incarnations and just how accurate they were.