Whether Zimmerman spends the rest of his life in prison or is acquitted (a common occurrence in high profile Florida trials -- think Casey Anthony), the case has the makings of a movie. If Hollywood doesn't put the trial on the silver screen, we can say in all likelihood that Lifetime will go for it. After all, barely any true crime story that makes it to CNN and HLN for nightly coverage bypasses Lifetime without at least serious consideration.
Who would you cast in a George Zimmerman movie? The character of Zimmerman would have to have a significant weight gain from the time of killing Trayvon Martin to the trial. An actor may not feel comfortable gaining more than 100 pounds, so he would most likely have to wear body stuffing aka. fat suit.
The only person I can see cast so far, would be Kevin Costner for John Guy. If Lifetime makes the movie, we'll have to lower the bar and go for actors who have made the leap from the silver screen to the telly. I like John Guy's southern drawl and can totally hear Kevin Costner speaking his lines. If they can't get Costner, I'm sure Lifetime would have a role for Rob Lowe.
Regardless of the outcome in the Zimmerman trial, I think it should be made into a movie. The civil rights aspects of the case (whether you believe they are valid to the crime or not) open tremendous dialogue in regards to racial and criminal profiling. In the early weeks following the Trayvon Martin shooting, many responded as if Zimmerman were grand duke of the KKK and hunted Trayvon Martin down in cold blood. The New Black Panthers issued a bounty for Zimmerman's head and it appeared the KKK possibly controlled the Sanford Police Department by allowing "one of their own" to go free. Zimmerman spent 44 days as a free man, without charge or arrest for the murder of an unarmed 17-year-old black boy from the heart of Florida's racially infused south.
The case brought to mind other innocent victims who were slaughtered and left to die without any true justice, such as Emmett Till. Till's "crime" was being a 14-year-old black boy in the 50s, living under Jim Crow laws.
Whether Trayvon Martin's race truly factored into Zimmerman's pursuit remains to
|Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin|
In reality, Trayvon Martin's crime was walking home from 7-11 with Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea in the rain. By the time Zimmerman was through, Trayvon Martin was dead.
Similarities between the Emmett Till case and Trayvon Martin seem astonishing. So much so, that many feel Trayvon Martin is the "Emmett Till of the new millenium." Regardless of the jury's verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, the parallels between Till and Martin, the influence both lives have had on civil rights in the US, and the fact that Martin was singled out as suspicious by Zimmerman, simply because he was black, walking in the rain, and wearing a hoodie make the case one that inspires thought and dialogue regarding civil rights issues.
Zimmerman isn't a KKK member. He is mixed-race and Hispanic. Though he isn't an out-and-in-your-face racist, one must ask if a blonde-haired, blue-eyed skater boy walking in the rain with his hoodie on would have caused Zimmerman to respond the same way.
If Zimmerman routinely targeted black males in his voluntary, neighborhood watch patrols, then yes, there is a greater likelihood that he racially profiled Trayvon Martin. And when it comes down to it; that would make him a racist.
The case is heartbreaking. Trayvon Martin's life was snuffed out before he had a chance to live. Some look to Martin's cell phone records, photos and troubles as if to indicate Zimmerman was justified in murdering him.
There are so many people walking on earth who have danced down the wrong path, especially during their teen years. In my opinion, I don't see any difference with Zimmerman racially profiling Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, because he was black and wearing a hoodie, and those who somehow think Trayvon Martin was the aggressor because he had smoked pot, had photos of guns and was having trouble in school.
If Trayvon Martin had a weapon on him at the time of the incident, that would be one thing; but to use his past as justification for Zimmerman following him is wrong.
The simple truth of the matter is that George Zimmerman is not a police officer. He did not have the authority to follow people that he viewed as suspicious. Under no circumstance should he have approached Trayvon Martin while carrying a weapon.
What do you think? Will the George Zimmerman trial and Trayvon Martin murder be made into a movie?