The Beat Goes Round and Round: 6 Actors Better Suited to Rock It Out Than Tom Hardy
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The Beat Goes Round and Round: 6 Actors Better Suited to Rock It Out Than Tom Hardy

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | June 3, 2013 | Comments ()


Last week, news broke that Tom Hardy might be up for the lead role in Rocketman, an upcoming Elton John biopic--I'm just not sure about this. Don't get me wrong; Hardy is a fantastic actor, but my brain is having a very hard time reconciling him as Sir Reginald. I've gone through image after image trying to find some physical likeness, and the best I can come up with is that they generally have a similar head shape? Hardy is certainly beefier (and beefcakier) than Elton. I'm not saying it can't work, but I do believe I've found some better actor-musician combinations:

6. Adam Driver as Dave Grohl.


The up and coming "Girls" actor has Grohl's look in his favor, and according to his Wiki page he can sing (though the referring link doesn't actually provide evidence, Driver did some kind of duet with Justin Timberlake for Inside Llewyn Davis). Either way, judging from his acting performances, Driver has the right skills to take on a young garage bander turned superstar.

5. David Morrissey as...(wait for it) Morrissey.

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Freaky, huh? An accomplished Shakespearean and theater actor, I've no doubt DM has the chops to pull off a Morrissey biopic--he can sing, though he may have to work on range. Unfortunately, because of his age he'd have to take on Moz: The Later Years.

Apropos of something...

4. Bruno Mars as Prince.


Yes, technically Mars isn't an actor, but I'll be damned if he didn't display great chops on "Saturday Night Live," and I'm ready to take bets on how quickly he ends up in a film. And yes, he could also easily play MJ, but the gloved one has been done to death (er, sorry?) already. I can't think of anyone better suited to don the purple and strut.

3. Chris Pratt as Robert Plant.


I'm sure it's entirely inappropriate to pat myself on the back here, but this could really work--couldn't it? I mean, check out the intensity:

Come on Soderbergh, this could be your comeback film!

2. Aaron Paul as Eminem.


There are times on "Breaking Bad" when Jesse Pinkman practically speaks in rap, and damned if Paul isn't a dead ringer for Em. The thirty-three year old Paul could easily pass for ten years younger, and with his series ending already filmed, the time is ripe for him to head up a film.

1. John Simm as Thom Yorke.

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Not only is Simm a dead ringer for Yorke, he can also sing--and has been doing so since he was about twelve. He started out with his musician father, then formed his own band, "Magic Alex;" after starring as Bernard Sumner in 24 Hour Party People, the Master even sang with New Order onstage.

Now whether or not he's hiding a killer falsetto, I cannot answer.

Let me just try this one more time...

Elton John:


Tom Hardy:


Nah, I don't think so.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) would rather see Tom Hardy than hear him.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • OH. MY. GOD. Y'ALL. I'm not a fan of Bruno Mar's music but that doesn't change the fact that that boy can SANG, and damn if that wasn't the funniest, most unexpected thing I've seen in forever. His Billy Joe *killed* me! And I'm still the proud owner of Dookie, my first CD ever.

    That's seriously the funniest SNL sketch I've seen in recent memory. What a cutie pie!

  • googergieger

    Face down, ass up, that's the way we like to....sleep, cause my back has a nasty sunburn.

  • e jerry powell

    Elton wishes his ass ever looked that good.

  • e jerry powell

    I mean, seriously.

  • Uriah_Creep

    And of course Will Ferrell looks more like Chad Smith (of the Red Hot Chili Peckers) than Chad does.

    Chad Smith

  • Bucky

    As long as it's not Justin Timberlake. ANYONE but Justin Timberlake. I like the Michael C. Hall pick, and I can see the Johnny Lee Miller comparison, as well.

    Or we could go with my personal favorite solution at the moment, which is to cast Nicholas Hoult in EVERYTHING.

  • Bucky

    Replying to add: I could also see Ben Foster, Elijah Wood, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and a younger Ewan McGregor as folks with acting chops and enough resemblance that a good makeup team could get them there.

  • PissBoy

    There were rumors of Tom Hardy being bi. To that I say "Of course he is!" One simply can't be THAT pretty and not fuck everything. He could P in my butt whenever.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I don't think singer Morrissey has range, either.

  • sars

    Thank you for that picture of Tom Hardy. Baby got back.

  • Alex0001

    Sam Rockwell as Sir Elton then?

  • Rockwell was my first thought upon seeing that header image, but I could also go along with Michael C. Hall.

  • What the HELL is that last picture?!

  • toblerone

    I think the best ever actor to rocker is:

    Sam Riley / Ian Curtis

    Control is probably my favorite bio pic of all time.

  • toblerone
  • brite

    I think that last picture of Hardy explains EVERYTHING.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I now have a much clearer understanding of the phrase "assume the position".

  • DataAngel

    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who sees the John Simm/Thom Yorke thing. Everyone I know swoons over Simm and I keep thinking he looks like the guy who looks like a guy I wouldn't want sitting next to me on the bus.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    Man. Warn a girl before showing her Hardy tush!

  • Xtacle Steve

    Aaron Paul is a very handsome man, but that forehead...god damn. He should be The Great Gazoo if they ever make another Flinstones movie

  • F'mal DeHyde


  • Bert_McGurt

    I don't know if he can sing, but Evan Peters as Jack White:

  • Bodhi

    Good call! I need more Evan Peters in my life

  • Anna von Beav

    Ooh, I like this one.

  • BigBlueKY

    Chris Pratt as Robert Plant? This NEEDS to happen.

  • Anna von Beav

    Eminem already played himself, though, really.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    And nobody care about him anyway.

  • mairimba

    Wrong. Dave Grohl would play Dave Grohl because Dave Grohl.

  • Anna von Beav


  • Pants-are-a-must

    Not actually Tom Hardy in that last photo, but nice try.

  • indarchandra

    for reals? damned you internet, you fool me every time!

  • tmoney

    Well, CapAss has just been beat by HardyAss. Sweet god of mercy.

  • the dude

    The CapAmAss is mighty like Thor's biceps, make no mistake

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Nah, even CapAmAss is in awe of Thor's biceps, and I know this because I will never not find Tom Hiddleston's impression of exactly that hilarious.

  • maureenc

    If the producers didn't, or won't, offer the role to Jonny Lee Miller I'll eat my hat.

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