Who Should Play Keith Moon?

July 17, 2011 at 9:49 am , by Bryan

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.

Rupert Grint and Keith Moon

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.

Anyone agree?


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by Timmy

On September 24, 2011 at 10:13 am

Jake Gyllenhall looks just like him.

by Dennis McCoy

On October 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm

When I first saw Jason Schwartzman in that movie about the 17th century French royal family (?) several years ago I could hardly believe my eyes! As a WHO fan since Oct. 1965, Jason WAS Keith. Plus, he plays drums.
Name a more perfect actor….!?!
Will he do it? If asked, I think he’d jump at the chance!

by parco814

On October 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

Definitely NOT Myers. Too old, too distracting, too little range as an actor. People would see only Myers, not the Moon character. Find an up and coming actor, a semi-unknown who’s also a strong musician. Plenty of non-stars who need a break and could play the role as well as or better than any established actors.

by Gertrude

On December 29, 2011 at 10:55 am

Ho ho, who woudla thunk it, right?

by Connee

On January 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I, too, feel Jason Schwartzmann would be the perfect choice and of course would jump at the chance at such a meaty role. I must tell you I was absolutely RELIEVED to find your site and hear that Mike Myers is out, agreed! too old! too little range as an actor! no resemblance at all to Moon! As far as a younger Keith, there was a young actor named Jackson Bond who played Nicole Kidman’s son in The Invasion. Bond very much reminded me of Moon in both appearance and personality and in addition is extremely talented.

I really hope this movie gets made. I was a young girl when I first saw The Who perform “Can’t Explain” on television and I was enchanted by his drum playing ability and stage presence. He remains my favorite performer.

by Ian

On June 12, 2012 at 12:16 am

Howz about open auditions to find the raw moon to play Keith Moon! Drummer of the people!

by fraz

On December 21, 2012 at 11:28 am

Yes, Jason Schwartzman looks the most like Keith Moon, but he is not the best choice for the role. This isn’t a look-alike contest, it’s a movie about an extremely complex and conflicted musician. Keith Moon was wild, manic, destructive, and much of the time very, very funny. Jason Schwartzman is a mediocre actor who simply has not proven himself as a comedic talent worthy for the role of Keith Moon.
Mike Myers may still be the best choice. He has the comedic chops to portray all of Keith’s personalities and characters, and while he’s getting older, he is still very youthful.
Jeremy Piven is an interesting option as well. He has the acting ability and the energy levels required for the role, but he’s American and may not be able to pull off the accent.
Here’s an idea: Maybe the movie could use a variety of different actors to depict different facets of Moonie’s life and public persona, much like Todd Haynes’ biopic on Bob Dylan, “I’m Not There” (2007) that used Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, and Ben Whishaw to portray Dylan.
Or simply go with a British actor (known or not) who nails the audition.
At any rate, I’d love to see a Keith Moon biopic. It’s frustrating that this project is stalled, but the time may be right for it’s resurrection: As Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend approach 70 years of age, The Who are certainly winding down. After their current tour ends (2013) we may or may not get another Who album, but another tour is unlikely. Roger will have time on his hands and this project may be just the thing he chooses to do as a bookend to an amazing rock and roll career. I sure hope so!

by mark j beresford

On July 21, 2015 at 1:44 pm

what about the actor in the tv series the big bang theory?

by ernest steven kinas

On October 15, 2015 at 10:21 am

I should play Keith.
I’ve discussed this with Keith in the afterlife and he told me
(verbatim):
You’re the only man for the job.
Ernie the K
Legendary Boston DJ

by Jack

On February 16, 2016 at 1:48 pm

Jack o’connell at least he is British

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