Everything Rapper(?) Machine Gun Kelly Should Do to Get In Character for the Mötley Crüe Movie

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On Thursday, Variety reported that the heavily tattooed, often shirtless rapper dude Machine Gun Kelly will portray the older, heavily tattooed, often shirtless drummer dude Tommy Lee in an upcoming biopic about hair metal heroes Mötley Crüe. The movie, which is being developed for Netflix, is directed by Jackass auteur Jeff Tremaine from a script by Rich Wilkes (xXx) and Tom Kapinos (Californication). It’s adapted from the Crüe’s 2001 autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, and some members of the band will be co-producing, you know, so it doesn’t mess around with lore.


MGK, who goes by real name Colson Baker when he’s doing serious actor things—he appeared in Cameron Crowe’s Roadies Showtime TV show and the apocalyptic social media movie Nerveseems pretty serious about getting into character as Lee:


This would be far from the first time that an actor’s gone method by learning the drums, but could it be the first time a musician-turned-actor-turned-musician had to learn an instrument for a role? Probably not, but it’s fun to think about. It’s also fun to think about all the other things MGK could do if he really wanted to get engulfed in the role of Tommy Lee. My modest suggestions:

  • Film a sex tape on a boat
  • Get both of your nipples pierced
  • Fight Kid Rock at the VMAs, or in any setting
  • Get a swastika tattooed on your arm and have it removed years later (okay, definitely, 100% don’t do this one—this was more of a reminder that Tommy Lee once had a swastika tattooed on his arm and was charged with battery against a Jewish photographer.)
  • Star in a short-lived CBS reality competition called Rock Star: Supernova about finding a frontman for your brand-new band called Supernova, then get sued by another band called Supernova after the series concludes, and say, “what the hell, let’s just change our name to Rock Star Supernova?”
  • Star in an even shorter-lived NBC reality show that’s definitely scripted called Tommy Lee Goes to College (just six episodes!)
  • Play drums on a late-career Smashing Pumpkins album
  • Sign a legal document ensuring that you’ll never tour under the moniker “Mötley Crüe”
  • Get really involved with PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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