mark of motorheadLemmy Kilmister previously appeared on the big screen in the 2010 documentary Lemmy, but that film’s director is set to helm a new biopic based on the singer’s life. So who should play Lemmy? Who is the actor who bears the most physical resemblance to the former English bassist? let’s find out.
The film will follow Lemmy’s life from growing up in Stoke-on-Trent to becoming a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and eventually taking the stage himself as a member of Hawkwind. From there, the film will chronicle Lemmy’s development on his own with Motörhead, who were influential to many of the acts that flourished in metal in the ’80s and beyond. So, as you can see, the movie will cover a large portion of Lemmy’s life, which may lend itself to someone who might be able to play Lemmy more fully or it might be a “young Lemmy” and an “old Lemmy”. can be divided among the actors.
The Loudwire web portal submitted a series of suggestions for actors who could play the role due to his extreme resemblance to the late musician. Know below who is being talked about:
The Oscar-winning actor has a history of changing his appearance to suit the character, and if he can disappear in makeup playing Dick Cheney, then playing Lemmy should be a lot easier. He already has hair the right color, could grow a similar beard, and his deep Batman voice and native English accent should help him land the part.
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Bloom could be a solid option for a young Lemmy. His naturally dark hair and beard are very different from his Legolas days in Lord of the Rings. Also from England, it wouldn’t be difficult to adapt the accent, though her voice might need to be worn down a bit more to be a more solid choice.
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Continuing with English actors, comedian Russell Brand could be a good choice. He’s already played rock star Aldous Snow in two movies: Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Taking Her to the Greek. As a comedian and a magnetic personality, the brand will work in Lemmy’s favor given his often funny nature. He’s in the right age range to potentially play Lemmy from start to finish with the right help from the crew.
Crow is from Australia, but has disappeared in various dialects over the years. The deep voice works in his favor and he’s reaching the age where he’ll fit in well in Lemmy’s later years. Plus, let’s not forget that Crowe has his own band, so it wouldn’t be strange for him to be on stage as a musician.
It’s been a few years since Crudup played Stillwater guitarist Russell Hammond on Almost Famous, which wasn’t far off as the now young Lemmy. Crudup has aged decently and it’s not out of the question that he could be playing a middle-aged Lemmy.
Is there any actor who can more embody the spirit of Lemmy than Johnny Depp? He has previously disappeared into character and is often portrayed as a rebel in Hollywood. Additionally, he has experience as a musician with Hollywood Vampires, who rub shoulders with another Rainbow Bar & Grill vet, Alice Cooper. Chances are, you already have a good working knowledge of Lemmy.
Like Johnny Depp, Jared Leto has a history in music at the helm of Thirty Seconds To Mars. Plus, he’s quite as comfortable on stage as the Oscar winner for Dallas Buyers Club. Leto has shown he can grow long hair and a beard and it’s easy to imagine him adding “chops” as well. He is also young enough to portray him during various ages.
Daniel Day Lewis
If ever there was an actor who was unrecognizable when slipping into roles, it’s Daniel Day Lewis. The Oscar winner would be a great choice for a late era Lemmy and he wouldn’t need to learn an accent. The downside would be Lewis’ supposed retirement following the 2017 film The Phantom Thread.
Okay, okay… maybe. Leto’s Dallas Buyers Club star Matthew McConaughey can be considered one of the best actors of the last decade. Now he’s aged to the point where he can pull it off, but perhaps the most important thing we should see is a change in his laid-back tone.
Norton is every man in Hollywood, a young enough face that he can play younger than his age. It’s kind of neat, but it’s always got a little bit of an edge to it. It’ll be interesting to see what the makeup department can do to change her appearance, but it would be an interesting choice.
Rourke has long been one of Hollywood’s goofy boys with a secret of his own. That said, it could be a great choice for Rourke to play an aging Lemmy, who remained larger-than-life even in his twilight years.
Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton would be another actor with his own mystique that would translate well to playing a late-life Lemmy. Like many of the actors on this list, he has a background as a musician, plus his deep voice and timbre seem tailor-made to slip into the Lemmy persona.