Zac Efron Praises Metallica Frontman's Acting In Extremely Wicked Movie
Actor Zac Efron has praised Metallica frontman James Hetfield's performance in the thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile, which premieres on Netflix and in select theaters this Friday (May 3rd). The film follows the relationship between notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, played by Efron, and his longtime girlfriend, played by Lily Collins, who at the time had no knowledge of the crimes.
Hetfield plays officer Bob Hayward, a Utah highway patrol veteran who was the first law enforcement officer to arrest Bundy in 1975. While Hetfield has played himself in other films and television productions, this is his first dramatic role taking on a different character.
During an interview on Tuesday night's (April 30th) Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Efron was asked about Hetfield's performance. He responded, "James Hetfield, to his credit, absolutely nailed the part, he just crushed it. It's like he’s been acting his whole life. He had no fear. He did a great job. I was ready to maybe give James Hetfield (an acting) tip, but he didn't ask for a single one. James Hetfield is the s**t!"
Efron added, "Even though I was acting . . . when I got pulled over by James Hetfield, it was kinda like a dream come true. (For) a lot of dudes, it would be their dream come true."
Academy Award nominee Joe Berlinger directed Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile. Hetfield and Berlinger crossed paths before when the latter directed and produced the documentary Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster along with the late Bruce Sinofsky. Berlinger also penned a book about his experiences with the band, titled Metallica: This Monster Lives.