Austin “Keith Moon” Powers?
Only in Hollywood could the actor who brought us Wayne Campbell and Austin Powers take on the role of legendary Who drummer Keith Moon.
British tabloid, The Sun is reporting that Roger Daltrey, who worked with Moon in the Who, is considering Mike Meyers to play the part of Moon in a biopic he is developing on the life and times of the famed drummer. "Mike is a genius. I can really see him as Keith. I went to some of the filming of his new Austin Powers film and it's hysterical,” Daltrey told The Sun. “He's amazing when you meet him, so clever."
Daltrey is also considering Robbie Williams for the part but he feels that Meyers ability to play an outrageous and funny British character would fit well with the real life exploits of Moon who embodies the crazy sex, drugs and rock-n-roll lifestyle before losing his life to a drug overdose in September 1978 at the age of 32. Daltrey said of Moon’s insane lifestyle and antics, "It must have been hell to actually be Keith Moon. How do you have a day off? There aren't any days off. And I think he started to live the thing he created."
"I think there's a great film to be made out of the life of Keith Moon,” Daltrey explained to The Sun, “He was an incredibly complicated character. I think he was definitely a frustrated genius. I want to show people everything they didn't know about Keith. It's not a band story at all--it's about a drummer on his days off,"
The film is still in the planning stages
but Daltrey seems committed to bring the project to fruition. Whether Meyers
will ultimately sign on to play the part is yet to be seen, but would Moon’s
life make an entertaining film, “Yeah, Baby!”