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Nobody's confirmed anything except Big Mac himself, but John McAfee reckons he's going to be played by Captain Jack Sparrow himself, Johnny Depp. Considering that Depp works better playing someone running away, El Reg finds it credible that if there is a McAfee biopic in the works, its timeline will at least feature his …

  1. FozzyBear

    In all honesty to get a proper depiction of him on screen you will need one hell of a character actor. or the craziest SOB they have in the local mental health hospital.

    1. Triggerfish

      I thought Depp did a pretty good job as Hunter S Thompson, and it's fair to say as nutters go Thompson was one of the best of them.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I'm looking forward to Kim dotcom the movie.

    (Peter Capaldi is worst Doctor)

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just two words...


    1. VinceH
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      Re: Just two words...

      I was thinking Denis Leary if someone is going to portray McAfee on screen - but, yeah, Christopher Walken.

  4. Captain DaFt

    Go watch Beetlejuice

    Then tell me Michael Keaton wouldn't do well.

  5. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

    IIRC, Depp alrady played Dr Hunter S Thompson. So:

    - pioneer in a specific field - check

    - avid self-promotion - check

    - batshit crazy, yet highly intelligent (or vice versa, take your pick) - check

    - guns - check

    - drugs - check

    - strange places - check

    - weird stuff - check

    - bid for running as president* - check

    so yes, I can see where that is coming from... And what's more, it would probably work!

    * Okay, that last one might have been Uncle Duke.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Hunter S Thompson did run for the post of Sheriff once. He was the "freak power" candidate who shaved his head and took hallucinogenics as part of his campaign.

      1. Triggerfish

        It's worth reading about his campaign and policies, quite entertaining. I like the bit where he shaved his head so he could refer to the republican candidate (army crew cut) as his long haired oponent.

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  7. chivo243 Silver badge

    I'd throw in

    Steve Buscemi, he's done some crazy roles in his life... Dennis Hopper is too old... Brad Dourif, may also be too old...

    1. Aladdin Sane

      Re: I'd throw in

      Dennis Hopper is too dead.

      1. chivo243 Silver badge

        Re: I'd throw in

        @Aladdin Sane

        How dare you lift up my rock and tell me such things? ;-}

      2. chivo243 Silver badge

        Re: I'd throw in

        @Aladdin Sane

        Ahhh! He died in May 2010, the month my son was born, that explains a lot on many levels, lack of sleep, something more important to keep me busy.

  8. Dan 55 Silver badge

    Robert Downey Jr.

    Who else is as good at playing narcissists as him?

    1. Slacker@work

      Re: Robert Downey Jr.

      Everyone knows that Robert Downey Jr. is Elon Musk - have you not seen Iron Man?

    2. JMcL

      Re: Robert Downey Jr.

      He also has the real life chops of actually having been a drug crazed, gun waving, loon

  9. jake Silver badge

    Does anybody really care?

    I mean, seriously, would YOU pay money to see the sordid life story you already know?

    1. Evil Auditor Silver badge

      Re: Does anybody really care?

      I might. I even watched Titanic (on T.V. though).

      1. jake Silver badge

        Re: Does anybody really care?

        So you're the one. Nothing else on, I take it. Not even golf or curling?

  10. Chewi

    I'm surprised that having him play himself wasn't an option!

    1. phuzz Silver badge

      He doesn't need to play with himself, he has a harem

  11. Spanners Silver badge

    No Actor Needed

    They should use CGI.

  12. nijam Silver badge

    Surely there's far too little diversity in the list of actors you're inviting us to select from! You need to add at least two with a different gender or ethnic origin.

    1. MrT


      ... add Idris Elba or Wesley Snipes to the list. Or Whoopi Goldberg...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Quick...

        Damn right. Screw hollywood and their whitewashing. Its about time John McAfee was played by a black woman.

    2. Chemical Bob

      Re: diversity

      And dead. Need someone dead, like John Belushi.

      Just take every scene he was in from 'Animal House' and dub new dialog.

  13. eswan

    Charlie Sheen?

  14. Death Boffin

    In so many ways

    Mel Gibson

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