Jerry Garcia biopic in the works: Who should play him?

jerry-garciaImage Credit: Tom Copi/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesJerry Garcia could be coming soon to a theater near you. Variety reports that a feature film about the late Grateful Dead leader is starting to take form, with a script based on author Robert Greenfield’s thoroughly readable oral biography, Dark Star. So who should the filmmakers cast to play Garcia?

Since Topper Lilien’s script is said to focus on the singer’s pre-Dead years, they’ll need someone on the younger side. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s face shares a certain sly quality with Garcia’s before he covered it up with shades and facial hair. A more predictable choice might be Seth Rogen, who can pull off the perma-stoned grin that this part will likely require. Eugene Levy is way too old by now, which is too bad, since he bore a distinct resemblance to Jerry in some of the fake album art from A Mighty Wind.

I bet you have some even better casting ideas than those. Which actor do you think was born to play Jerry Garcia? Suggest away!

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  • TQB

    well, for the later years, you gotta go M.C. Gainey (Mr. Friendly from Lost).

  • Karate Pants

    Well, if it weren’t for that little glitch of it being the pre-Dead early years, it would have to be Double Rainbow guy.

  • GJB = JGB

    Jorge Garcia?

    • Chaz Winterbottom


    • Ellen

      Hollywood, please, can we have an actor with actual Spanish descent playing this? Thanks

      • trevor

        He was also irish and swedish. He did have a mother who wasn’t Spanish.

  • Bobby’s Robot

    Jack Black

    • Rosalie

      Jack Black part 2

    • Tim

      Please not Jack Black, he’s a one trick pony and outside of school of rock really can’t cut the it. JG deserves much much better. personally i think an unknown would be better.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Damn, Seth Rogen was the first person to pop in my mind when I saw the headline.

  • RD1


    • dipshat


    • dipshat

      Okay, that works!

  • Chaz Winterbottom

    I didn’t know that dude played guitar. I thought he just made a kick ass ice cream, Cherry Garcia.

    • bhm1304

      Why don’t you just die.

      • Chaz Winterbottom

        Like…tie dye?

  • Samantha

    Bruce Vilanch

    • Nick

      Beat me to it :)

  • Nessab

    Philip Seymour Hoffman

  • 125bst

    Cheech Marin or Jeff Perry

  • RD1


  • Victoria

    If it was older Jerry, I’d say Jeff Bridges. Since it’s younger Jerry, Joseph Gordon-Levitt sounds good. NOT Seth Rogen. Jerry wasn’t *just* stoned. Seth Rogen is *just* stoned.

  • KDOG

    Joaquin Phoenix

  • Jason

    How about an actual latino actor in the role?

    • Chaz Winterbottom

      Like Cameron Diaz?

  • Punchunthei

    Milktrey. or maybe DDD

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