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November 12, 2008


Jerry Garcia, before the egg creams and heroin

Young Jerry Garcia, age 25

This is what Jerry Garcia looked like in 1967 at age 25. He had just recently started the Grateful Dead (a name the whole band hated) and he was a big fan of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and bluegrass.

It's this period of Garcia's life that a new biopic will focus on. Spout is suggesting some actors to play him, but their ideas all sound like the later-era Jerry Garcia, the heroin addict and egg cream fiend. They're talking about Philip Seymour Hoffman, Vincent D'Onofrio, or Paul Giamatti. I love all those actors, but we need someone young, hairy, and maybe a little doughy-faced to play Jerry when he looked like this:

Jerry Garcia, young

So here are a few ideas: Jeremy Sisto. He's got the hair, he'd have no trouble growing a big beard, and look at that smile:

Jeremy Sisto

Here's another one: Danny Masterson, from That 70s Show. Put a few pounds on him and he's just about perfect. Plus, everyone already associates him with being a stoner.

Danny Masterson

Then there's the obvious choice: Seth Rogen. The man is the real hirsute frizzed-out deal, and is clearly no stranger to Cheetos. But his range is pretty limited: I'm guessing the first half-hour or so of the movie might involve some scenes where Jerry Garcia is not high, and it's hard to imagine Seth Rogen pulling that off.

Please add other ideas in the comments.

categories: Celebrities, Movies, Music
posted by amy at 10:55 AM | #

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I can't shake the feeling that Jordan Catal- I mean, Jared Leto would do alright. His eyes are a bit on the dreamy side (well, they are), but he does have biopic experience.

Meanwhile, in Hollywood, Men In Black agents are working overtime to keep Shia LeBeouf and his people in the dark about this project. If the mission gets compromised, the agents may have to break the Johnny Depp glass.

Posted by: styleeOR at November 13, 2008 3:54 AM

Also, Jared Leto has no problem packing on the pounds as long as it's artistically valid.

Man, I would love to watch a shaggy Shia LeBeouf jamming with his pre-Dead jug band.

Posted by: amy at November 13, 2008 10:29 AM

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