Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Harry Potter's Best Friend's Next Role: A Cleveland Punk Legend

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The real Cheetah Chrome
  • The real Cheetah Chrome

It's been a great couple of years for Cheetah Chrome, the Cleveland punk legend who played guitar in the Dead Boys and Rocket From the Tombs.

He wrote a revealing book about himself a couple of years ago, and last year he hooked up with some old Cleveland pals for a cross-country tour to talk about their younger days as hell-raising punks.

Now the not-so-reformed rocker, who's 57 and lives in Nashville, plays a part in a new movie about the famed New York City club CBGB.

The movie has just been cast, with Rupert Grint —Ron Weasley in all of the Harry Potter movies— cast as Chrome.

Grint's old Potter costar Alan Rickman plays Hilly Kristal, the founder of the legendary rock club, where U.S.-bred punk got its start, with the Ramones, Television, and Blondie all coming up there.

The project is just getting started, so we have no idea what Grint will look like as Chrome or if any of the Dead Boys' infamous onstage stories —several involving all sorts of body fluids— will be recreated. —Michael Gallucci

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