Sunday, July 17th, 2011
Despite the fact that as of right now the Keith Moon Movie project might currently be stalled, there seems to be quite a bit of discussion over who should play Keith. Originally it was going to be Mike Myers, but at this point, Mike is pushing 50. Despite the great leaps in special effects and makeup, he seems a bit long in the tooth to play someone who died at the age of 33. There are many who strongly believe that he is just too old at this point, like this Facebook Group, or this IMDB thread. It also does not seem to be on his radar as there has been no update from him since 2008 or so.
The other name who keeps popping up is Jason Schwartzman. He certainly resembles a younger and thinner Keith Moon.
It turns out that besides being a talented actor, Jason is actually supposed to be a pretty good drummer as well.
So far I have not found any official word that Jason has ever even considered this, so its seems its only internet chatter. Too bad.
A view point I have noticed based on some of the comments on the petition page is that the person who plays Keith should be a Brit. I actually favor this viewpoint. Now, I am American, and I love the movies we pump out on a regular basis. We have great actors and I am sure an American would do a great job, but in the interest of purity, I would LOVE to see a Brit play Keith. It just makes sense. Also, there is nothing worse than an American who puts on a bad English accent. I remember reading that JK Rowling absolutely insisted that the roles of Harry, Hermione, and Ron go to Brits when they were making the first Harry Potter movie, and you could not have asked for a better outcome.
In fact, if you changed Rupert Grint’s hair color and add a little makeup, he might just pass for Keith Moon. I have no idea if Rupert’s accent is the right British accent. I know there are many shades. But I believe he would pull it off perfectly. He has definitely proven himself as an actor with the Ron Weasley role.