Liz wrote:Parlez wrote: I could also imagine that having made a name for himself as a criminal his fans were going to be of two minds about him - the 'outlaw' fan would want to ride shotgun with him; the 'law abiding' fan would jump at the chance to be the one to bring him in, dead or alive.
Kind of an impossible situation!
Jesse James (according to the movie) finally just gave in/up; he allowed himself to be shot in the back by his fanboy: the Coward Robert Ford.
I have a hard time getting my head around this. It would seem that the fan was a bit psychopathic also.
Right you are, Liz! The dark side of obsession. I recall John Lennon's murderer saying he was a big fan of Lennon's too, right up to and including the moment he killed him...
The situation was probably complicated further in Jesse James' world because there was a price on his head. The lowlifes he surrounded himself with were therefore only mildly torn between loyalty and betrayal...whichever offered the biggest payoff. For Robert Ford (as portrayed very impressively by Casey Affleck) the idea of being the one to kill Jesse James was a way for he himself to achieve the level fame and notoriety as his idol. He realized he could never be Jesse James, and merely being like him wasn't enough, so he went for the next best thing: the guy who killed him.
As the movie pretty clearly points out, it was psychos all around when it came to Jesse James and his 'friends'. But they kind of reminded me of Johnnie's associates in many ways. In fact, Dillinger's life was bartered away by one of his own, albeit not from the same reasons.