James Hetfield's Dramatic Acting Debut Arrives On Netflix Next Month
The movie in which Metallica frontman James Hetfield makes his dramatic acting debut will premiere on Netflix next month.
Titled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile, the film arrives on the streaming service on May 3rd and tells the true story of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, played by Zac Efron, and his longtime girlfriend, played by Lily Collins, who at the time had no knowledge of Bundy's horrific crimes.
Hetfield plays officer Bob Hayward, a no-nonsense Utah highway patrol veteran who was the first law enforcement officer to arrest Bundy in 1975 after pulling the killer over and discovering burglary tools in his car but wisely suspecting much worse. While Hetfield has played himself in other films and television productions, this is his first dramatic role taking on a different character.
The film was directed by Academy Award nominee Joe Berlinger, who co-directed and produced the controversial 2004 documentary Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster, which chronicled Hetfield's battle with alcoholism and the band's near-demise as they struggled to make a new album.
Metallica produced its own movie in 2013, Metallica: Through The Never, a hybrid concert film and sci-fi thriller. Hetfield told us at the time how the idea for the movie first came about: "We had wanted to make a 3D movie, and then we had wanted to tour this stage that was a 'best-of,' that had all of the greats of all of our other tours, and then they morphed together. It's like, 'Well, why not film it before you tour it?' And then it became this whole other thing: 'If we're gonna make a movie, I want it to be this,' and 'Why don't we have a story in there?' And then we just started to run with it, and it became more unique than we had ever thought."
Hetfield's bandmate, drummer Lars Ulrich, has also acted in small roles in a handful of films, while Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo produced a documentary on legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius.