The Who's legacy is unquestionably prolific, from their 1990 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to their 100 million records sold, 27 top 40 singles, and the iconic status of their 1969 rock opera album Tommy. Individually, the band's recognition is mostly attributed to the sterling reputations of lead singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend. Anyone who knows their Who trivia, though, realizes that the band's most fascinating member was drummer Keith Moon, who died from a pill overdose in 1978. He was only 32.
During his short yet impactful life, the uniquely eccentric Moon left future movie directors with a plethora of unforgettable scenes to shoot. One time, on live television, he stuffed his drum set with gunpowder; another time, he ran naked around a bus occupied by young schoolgirls. And who can forget the time he walked around a Jewish neighborhood in London wearing a Nazi uniform? In hotel rooms, Moon was notorious for destroying everything in sight and flushing explosives down toilets.
Outside of The Who, Moon was a proud member of The Hollywood Vampires, a boys' club of sorts in which fellow vamps like Alice Cooper, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr would drink excessively while laughing at an intoxicated, always costumed Moon. His connection to The Beatles extended to September 6, 1978, when he left a party thrown by Paul and Linda McCartney—after having just announced his engagement to Swedish actress Annette Walter-Lax—and swallowed the 32 pills that ultimately killed him.
Equal parts comedy and tragedy, a "Moon the Loon" biopic seems like a no-brainer. Our choice to play him: James Franco, at his least hinged.