Mark Staycer as John Lennon, or John Lennon as Mark Staycer?
John Lennon is played in the film by Mark Staycer, who—we are told—is a well-known Lennon impersonator. Not only can Staycer sing
exactly like Lennon, mimicking the Liverpudlian accent even while singing, but he also happens to look exactly like him.
to read whole pdf go to www.mileswmathis.com/lennon.pdf
Here is a taster.
Another film from 2009 is meeting the same fate. Anthony DiMaria produced a 2009 film called
Sebring, about Jay Sebring of Manson murders fame. Although it starred Dennis Hopper, it was either
never released or was quickly pulled from the shelves—as we are seeing with Let Him Be.
A similar psy-op is the title of one of the songs he sings in the film: I Was There
(the lyrics of which we will analyze in detail below). That song title works as both an inside joke and a psy-op. It is a joke because John is a joker. He likes to fuck with you. He is telling you “I was there” right to your face,
singing it over and over, and daring you to understand what it means. But it is a psy-op because he
knows most people won’t dare. Most people won’t see what is right in front of them and he knows it.
So it makes him feel powerful. Is that Mark Staycer singing “I was there” or is it John Lennon singing
“I was there”? Well, who was there? Not Mark Staycer. We will come back to this clue a bit later,
after we look at some others.
We will start with the smaller ones and work our way up. The director and writer of the film is
supposed to be a guy named Peter McNamee, but he has no presence on IMDB
except for this one film.
According to the web, he was born, made this one film, and then disappeared from the face of the earth.
That is peculiar, to say the least. All people in film are dependent on media, and that includes new
actors and directors. A person in film with no web presence makes no sense. At
lethimbe.com, it says McNamee produced some of the biggest names in the British and European music industry before 1987, but I found not one word to confirm that (see below for more).
At LinkedIn, McNamee says he is the CEO of Abracadabra films, but a websearch only turns up companies by that name in Chile, Montpellier and Melbourne, not Toronto. However, the name Abracadabra may be a joke left as a
clue, since as you will see we are in the presence of some magic here.
There is an interview with McNamee online, so you can see for yourself how suspicious the whole film
is from the first. McNamee says he is from Blackburn, Lancashire (which is of course mentioned in
the Beatles’ song. A Day in the Life).
I read the news today oboy/about a lucky man who made the
grade/and though the news was rather sad/well, I just had to laugh/I saw the photograph.
Blackburn is about 30 miles north of Liverpool. So we are supposed to accept that it is just another
coincidence that McNamee, from Blackburn, happened to get involved in this film project in Toronto?
Unfortunately, McNamee appears in the “making of” documentary that comes with the film, and
although he has a faded English accent, it isn’t Liverpool or Blackburn. It is London or Cambridge.
Another peculiar thing happens early in the interview, when McNamee is asked how he came up with
the idea for the movie. Answer: “Well it started with the music. When I played the songs for a band
member friend of mine, Michael, he said, ‘where’d you get the Lennon demos? I’ve never heard them
before!’ That’s when I knew I wasn’t imagining things.” What? We are supposed to believe McNamee
wrote the “Lennon” songs in the movie?
Even if we decide to accept that, it still doesn’t explain why
his friend thought they were Lennon demos. Who was singing in the original demos? McNamee?
Does McNamee also do a perfect Lennon impersonation? What I think is implied here is that the
demos were done by the Lennon impersonator Mark Staycer, in which case it wouldn’t be accurate to
say that the idea for the film came from McNamee’s songs. It came from the spot-on impersonation in
the singing. But of course that means Staycer had to be involved in the project from the start. And, as
we will soon see, neither explanation pans out. The Lennon “demos” pre-existed any of this, and
weren’t written by McNamee. They
were written by Staycer. . . kind of.
Both McNamee and Staycer are just names, acting as fronts for Lennon. Remember, it was Lennon who produced major musical acts before 1987 (or 1980, according to mainstream history), since he worked on the albums of his
friends. The same mystery applies to producer Carol Wright, who also has just this one film to her credit. Like
Sean Clement below, her bio at the New York Times
has been scrubbed. Although she is an advertising
executive at NBCUniversal, and has also worked for Clear Channel and CBS radio, this is her only
foray into film. Why? Why is NBC involved in this project?
At the time of the film, NBC was owned
by GE and Vivendi. It has since been bought by Comcast.
Despite having Wright involved, this
movie went nowhere, and it now looks like it was suppressed. Although it came out in 2009, it didn’t
go to DVD until 2011, and now it is unavailable at Amazon.
There is one copy at ebay, labeled “rare”
and going for $118. It is not available at Netflix. The only place you can see it right now is at
sockshare.com, and I expect that link will soon be taken down.**
The young female lead in the film is Kathleen Munroe, the only actor in the film with a real web
presence. But we get more strange coincidences if we look her up at IMDB. Right after the film,
Kathleen was pretty busy, both in film and TV. If we go just by number of listings at IMDB, 2009 was
her busiest year. She must have made some good contacts in 2008, while filming this no-budget indie
movie in Toronto. And check out these titles: In 2009, she did a film entitled
Survival of the Dead.
Hmmm. Survival of the dead. She also did a TV series called
Without a Trace. Hmmm. Without a
trace. In 2010, Munroe was hired to appear in the TV series Haven. What is that about? It is about
FBI special agents sent to Maine to investigate strange happenings. Maine is just across the border
from Canada, you know. Munroe plays an FBI agent. That’s curious, since in the film
Let Him Be, we find John Lennon singing “are you listening FBI?” [see lyrics below]. In 2010, Munroe appeared in
Stargate Universe as a computer ghost. Since 2011, Munroe has specialized in appearing in TV series
that deal with secret agents or the supernatural. Spooks or spooks, in other words. She appeared in
Nikita, which is about rogue agents of a rogue division of Intelligence. She appeared in
Supernaturaland will be appearing in Resurrection. She appeared in
Alphas, which concerns Department of Defense spooks. What could it all mean?
You will say it just means most new shows are about spooks or spooks: what choice does a young
actress have? But even if that were the reason Munroe is in all these shows (it isn’t), it still begs the
question: why are most new shows about spooks or spooks? That wasn’t true in previous decades.
Why are things so weird now on TV and in film? You should ask yourself that. I will look more
closely at that in upcoming papers, but for now we will leave it as an open question. I won’t have time
to get into it here.
In the film, Kathleen Munroe’s character begins spending time with the Lennon character in the second
half of the script. She takes walks through fields with him, discussing literature and music and so on.
He then gives her a couple of books, which they show her reading in bed. The scene passes quickly, and the script doesn’t focus on the book. Neither does the camera, and you have to go back and pause the film on just the right frame to read the title. The book is Cheiro’s book of numbers, which is very curious. I will be told they included this book as another nod to authenticity, purposely trying to make the character seem like Lennon. But if they were going to do that, they should have focused on the book. As it is, the clue would only be found by a researcher such as myself,
someone who was looking for it. For those who don’t know what I am talking about, Cheiro’s book is a
famous book of numerology supposed to have been written by “Cheiro” in 1879 at the age of 13. Of
course he was a complete fraud, but what is important in this context is that John Lennon is known to
have considered this book to be “his Bible.”
So for many reasons it is odd to find it placed in the film in this way. Taken with all the evidence we will see below, it doesn’t read as normal background. But I will let you come to that conclusion yourself. I just give you the clue.
The next clue comes quickly, since the next book he gives her is – Through the Looking Glass. Again, a
casual watcher of the film would not catch that, since it passes very quickly, and you only see the
letters UGH THE GLASS.
See the photo below, where most of the title is cut off by the bottom edge of the film. Even paused on a
single frame, it is hard to tell if the last word is Class or Glass. I had to think about it for a while to get
the title. This is important for several reasons. If the title had been obvious to the audience, we could
dismiss it as a subtle leitmotif of the film. The entire film is a journey through the looking glass. But
taken in context, the hidden clue is far darker. To see what I mean, you will have to do quite a bit more
reading, starting with Robert Littell’s 2003 novel The Company. In that novel, we discover that
Through the Looking Glass is one of the CIA’s favorite books, both for its implications and for its uses
in brainwashing. Moving beyond that book, we find that declassified documents
from the CIA’s Monarch program indicate that popular books and films were used in various brainwashing techniques,
including the Alice in Wonderland series and the Wizard of Oz series. In this film, the book title is
either working subliminally, or it is simply a CIA marker—a sort of “we were here” signal.
Notice that the actress looks right at the camera as she is supposed to be reading that book. Why is she
doing that? This is just one of many unintended spooky moments in the film.
The young lead actor in the film, Sean Clement, has a similar problem as his director and producer.
Although he has appeared in a few films, he has no bio up on IMDB or anywhere else. No photo up at
IMDB. Zero web presence. No bio at Rotten Tomatoes, FringeWiki, TVGuide; and the
New York Times listing is empty, as if it has been cleansed. No personal website. Only one headshot on the web.
While Kathleen Munroe has 42 official photos, 43 videos and 117 news articles posted at IMDB, Sean
Clement has zero, zero, and none. While Kathleen Munroe has contact links for an agent and manager,
Sean Clement has bupkiss. Like Monroe, Clement specializes in spooks and spooks. He played an
agent in Fringe. And in 2012 he appeared in the film Black Coat Mob. What is that about? It asks the
question: “What if Columbine happened again?” Curious, since Columbine
did just happen again in December of 2013 [see Arapahoe High School shooting, also in a suburb of Denver, like Columbine].
But Sean Clement has an even bigger red flag, one I would guess almost everyone but me has missed.
He looks very much like John Lennon. That first pic is a screen capture from an interview for the movie. Please study that nose, for a start. That is the Lennon nose. It is the same length, and also has the same ending, with the same nostrils. But Sean Clement also has the same shaped face as Lennon, as well as very similar eyes, mouth and
ears. You have to watch the movie to see the ears, but it is a close match. Overall, it is a
very strong family resemblance. Also remember that John and Sean are basically the same names, just in different
dialects. And that John has another son named Sean, of course. I would suggest that this is probably a
later son of John, born after 1980. That is why he is used in this movie. And of course his real name
isn’t Sean Clement. We can tell his mother isn’t Yoko, and I have no idea who is real mother is (yet).
They were so brazen in this film, I wouldn’t be surprised if the “actress” who played John’s girlfriend
really is his girlfriend. She may be Sean’s mother as well.
Sean Clement Lennon
But those are still small red flags compared to the ones coming up. John Lennon is played in the film
by Mark Staycer, who—we are told—is a well-known Lennon impersonator. Not only can Staycer sing
exactly like Lennon, mimicking the Liverpudlian accent even while singing, but he also happens to
look exactly like him. Before we discuss the “exactly” there, let us pause for just a moment to consider
only what we have so far. Good impersonators aren’t that rare, but good impersonators who look
exactly like who they are impersonating even when out of costume must be very rare. Just consider it
for a moment. We have all seen some really good impersonators, but the impersonation is usually in
the voice and mannerisms. Most impersonators don’t look anything like who they are impersonating,
and if they try for a resemblance, it is achieved with costume and make-up. So the odds that a guy who
looks exactly like John Lennon can also sing exactly like him are very, very low.
But Staycer can also play all John’s songs, on both guitar and keyboards, singing and playing at the same time. So run the odds again on that. Lennon would have been 67 in 2007, and Staycer with no make-up looks about 65
to 70. The character in the film is said to be 65. They are the same height. Run the odds again.
Staycer also uses authentic guitars
of the same type used by Lennon. He “ has compiled one of
the largest collections of rare 60’s memorabilia, audio & video in the midwest.” Hmm. Lennon could
probably say the same thing, don’t you think? Run the odds again.
In this article from 2004, we are told the full extent of Staycer’s collection of Lennon and Beatles
memorabilia: he says, “You name it, I have it.” He showed only a small fraction of that collection in
his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan, and yet it was still called by the newspaper one of the largest
outside the Smithsonian. Problem is, the story doesn’t make any sense. For instance, it says this:
Now in his 40s, the Detroit area native remembers attending live concerts by the Beatles in 1964 and 1965.
OK, so let’s do the math. The article was published in 2004, so 1964 was 40 years before that. What
was Staycer then, 7 years old?
“It was like a precursor to a modern-day mosh pit,” he said, referring to the thousands of screaming fans hurling
objects at the stage.
No it wasn’t.
It may have been noisy, what with all the screaming girls, but moshpits weren’t around in
1964. And if they had been, it doesn’t sound like a good place for a 7-year-old.
Staycer started collecting Beatles memorabilia in the early 1970s, when the group was at a low ebb in pop culture.
Then, people were giving away Beatles albums, he said. And kids were using bubble gum cards featuring the
Liverpool Lads as noisemakers for their bicycle spokes. “They’d already broken up, and those of us who’d grown
up with them were finding other interests,” he added.
So the Beatles were at a low ebb in pop culture in the early 70’s? I don’t think so. The only ebb the
Beatles have ever had was in 1966, and that was a small ebb that was countered very effectively by
Where did young Staycer get the money for Beatles memorabilia, at age 14? Don’t tell me, a
paper route? We are told one piece of memorabilia Staycer found or bought is a letter written by
Lennon from the Dakota apartments, “creatively laced with profanity.” Sure. Staycer no doubt picked
that up in the late 1980’s, when Lennon memorabilia could be gotten for a song, due to another
Now get this, Staycer’s collection includes a NYC restaurant menu signed by all four Beatles during
their first US tour, framed autographs with original line drawings, and Gold Records. Go read the
article. It really says that: GOLD RECORDS. Staycer has Gold Records by the Beatles.
But back to the movie Let Him Be. They tell you in the interviews (see Munroe’s interview, for
instance) that Staycer needed make-up to look like Lennon. But if you watch the film, the interviews,
and study the photos, you see the opposite is true. He actually needs makeup, a wig, a hat, or dark
glasses not to look like Lennon. It is when Staycer is playing himself that he is in the heaviest
disguise: (Go to link to see pictures – www.mileswmathis.com/lennon.pdf)
That’s Mark Staycer playing Mark Staycer. He is in Toronto for the premiere of the film. If he doesn’t
look so much like Lennon in real life, why not prove it? Why would an unknown actor in his first film
need to come to the premiere in disguise? Most people see what I see, but they don’t ask the right
questions. I would say he looks about 68 there, but some will say Staycer looks too young to be Lennon.
I encourage you to study pictures of Paul McCartney from 2007-2009, as a comparison.
These famous people have ways of looking ten years younger, including hair coloring, wigs, surgery,
and make-up. Just because they don’t look like your 68 year-old granddad means nothing.
And for those of you who say Lennon wouldn’t or couldn’t play Staycer, I give you
this 2012 Huffington Post article, which admits that McCartney did a similar thing in 1984, busking in front of
Leicester Square Station as a disheveled musician. See the video, which is from his film
Give my Regards to Broad Street.
No one recognized him, although he looks and sounds just like himself to me. Dark glasses were enough to fool everyone.
Staycer’s website links to Yoko’s ImaginePeace.com website. I can see why Lennon would do that, but
why would Mark Staycer do that? Staycer’s facebook page is down, so he may be feeling some heat,
even without me following his clues.
Director Peter NcNamee said in his interview: “So I found him on the internet, and he even lives
locally so I didn’t even have to pay for his travel (laughs).” But wait, I thought Staycer lived in
Traverse City, MI, which is about 350 miles from Toronto. That’s what it says on his website. Six
hours by car isn’t that far in the US/Canada, but it isn’t “locally.” McNamee also says to find Staycer
he looked up “English John Lennon impersonators.” But Staycer isn’t English. He is supposed to have
been born in Michigan, and Michigan isn’t in England, last time I checked.
In a 2009 interview for a Michigan paper, Staycer admits “I was their first and only choice for the
role.” Really? That’s curious. They didn’t even audition anyone else? I wonder why?
But we are just getting started.
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