When I quickly glimpsed the cover, I thought it was a young pop music celebrity like Josh Groban made up to resemble a classic rock star from the 1960s or '70s. It's an attractive cover. Then I read that the man on the cover is the Boston bombing suspect. This is the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and the criminal's life is the subject of a major article.
It made me think of a top award-winning film of 2005. There were two film biographies of the late writer Truman Capote. Both focused on his life when he was writing and researching his masterpiece, In Cold Blood. The second one released, my favorite of the two, starred Toby Jones. Sandra Bullock played Capote's dear friend and his voice of reason, To Kill a Mockingbird novelist, Harper Lee. This 2006 biopic is called Infamous.
This smart, well-done and well-played biopic was pretty much eclipsed by the one that came out first. That was Capote, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead role that brought him several awards including the Academy Award for Best Actor of 2005.
I thought of that movie moment when I saw the Rolling Stone cover.
The other biopic is more about truth versus fiction, self-deception and using reality to inform one's art rather than taking what's not totally real and passing that off as true. Lee took the lynching of black teen Emmett Till in Mississippi and the court case that followed and used all that to inspire her acclaimed work of fiction, To Kill a Mockingbird. Capote, her friend, is changing actual quotes he got to make them sound more fabulous, if you will, in his book. She criticizes him for that because he's writing as a journalist.