Jul 092010

Casting Call

Did anyone bother to see that movie on The Runaways? I had no interest in seeing it, but I’d be tempted to see a rock biopic on Blondie. How about you? The tide is high, and a casting call is going out to Townspeople to cast the band members and related scenesters (eg, Seymour Stein, members of Talking Heads and The Ramones).

For starters I’d propose Kirsten Dunst as Debbie Harry and Jason Schwartzman as Chris Stein. You may have other actors in mind. Shoot!


  21 Responses to “Blondie: The Movie”

  1. To play the part of Australian record producer Mike Chapman


    I humbly submit Tim Roth


    I’m sure he could pull the accent off…


  2. The Runaways was stupid and fun. i enjoyed it.

  3. Hijack:
    2000Man, You’re in Cleveland, right? I just saw that one of my favorite Philly bands, Mondo Topless, is heading your way on July 23rd. They’re playing a place called the Happy Dog.

    If you don’t know Mondo Topless, they’re like three parts Sonics and one part Stooges. Not the most nuanced band, just one great revved up garage punk song after another.

    From what I’ve gathered about your musical taste on this board, I think they’d be right up your alley.

  4. Mr. Moderator

    Good call on Mike Chapman, TB. I had no idea what that guy looked like, nor did I know he was Australian.

  5. The only reason I know him is because his name is on some of my favorite new wave/power pop from the late 70s….Blondie and The Knack specifically. I think Parallel Lines is the quintessential Blondie LP, but I really like Eat To The Beat. I’m still trying to come up with the perfect person to play Clem Burke and the only person I can think of is Clem himself a la Howard Stern in Private Parts. This is based on his Oscar-worthy performance in the film classic Roadie.



  6. How about Simon Cowell (http://uk.askmen.com/specials/2007_top_49/simon-cowell-38.html) as Clem Burke (http://www.flickr.com/photos/77682508@N00/12831025). He’s got the right attitude to to hang with the Ex Pistols and the Ramones.

  7. i second Clem as Himself.
    Andre 3000 as Fab 5 Freddie.
    this is hard.
    not many people in Hollywood or modern rock and roll have the charisma of Blondie.
    The Eagles was easy, because they were a bunch of shallow $$$ hungry cocksuckers, easy to cast.
    There is no modern Joey Ramone.

  8. Well Chris Stein should definitely be played by the guy from “Scrubs!” And what about Glenn O’Brien? Will Arnett.

    Debbie Harry is a tough one. Tilda Swinton?

  9. 2000 Man

    cdm, thanks for the heads up. I haven’t been to the Happy Dog, but my kid says it’s a cool place. Should be hot and sweaty in the summer.

    Beliee it or not, I have a Mondo Topless cd. I’ve got Go Fast! I figured it had to kick ass because:

    a – it’s called Go Fast!

    b – it’s on Get Hip!

    c – There’s a song called Panty Sniffer on it.

    I was right. It does Kick Ass. It’s purely stupid and completely hilarious, and I think it’s awesome! I’ll try to see them on the 23rd.

  10. BigSteve

    Jimmy Fallon for Jimmy Destri? Too old? I think we could get Fred Amrmisen in there somewhere.

    Bradford Cox (Deerhunter) might have to take acting lessons to play Joey Ramone. And with the right make-up artist you could get Val Kilmer and/or Kyle McLachlan for Hilly Kristal and/or Seymour Stein. After all they have a noble history in the rock film genre. Can Howard Stern act?

  11. Mr. Moderator

    Fallon could make a good Destri. With the proper makeup, he might be able to pass for his late 20s.

  12. Mr. Moderator

    I think I’ve got our Nigel Harrison:


    Jesse Eisenberg, the old brother from The Squid and the Whale.

  13. Jesse Eisenberg, the old brother from The Squid and the Whale.

    hahaha yeah!

  14. Eisenberg was also seen in Soundtrack The Movie…I mean…err…Adventureland.


  15. Mr. Moderator

    I have not yet seen Adventureland, TB, but someone needs to call bullshit on this practice make a mocking movie with that title and theme.

  16. Call BS on Adventureland? It was pretty slight on plot but made good use of the location – Kennywood in Pittsburgh in the off season.

    “Soundtrack: The Movie” is a good concept. I would say Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Garden State and back to The Big Chill could form a genre in itself.

  17. American Grafitti and Forrest Gump also come to mind. I smell a soundtrack post headed right for the main stage…Soundtrack: The Movie coming soon to a Main Stage near you.


  18. Trainspotting. The soundtrack to that movie was so successful, they made a sequal…to the soundtrack.
    they used a bunch of songs that weren’t in the movie.
    so weird.

  19. sammymaudlin

    Scarlett Johansson as Tina Weymouth and I’ll pay to see it more times than I did Star Wars in 1977. (Let’s just say more than 10.)

  20. As far as I’m concerned, Kirsten Dunst is THE choice for Debbie Harry. Even Debbie has said yes. How about David Krumholtz or Kevin Corrigan as Chris Stein?

  21. Welcome aboard, laustcawz. Krumholtz is an excellent choice for Stein! Corrigan’s not bad either.

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