Metallica's Hammett: 'Being a Musician Is Much Cooler Than Being an Actor'

artist: metallica date: 02/04/2014 category: general music news
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Metallica's Hammett: 'Being a Musician Is Much Cooler Than Being an Actor'
Discussing the latest "Through the Never" 3D film, members of Metallica decided to share their thoughts on the film industry along the way.

Known for his interest of the movie domain, drummer Lars Ulrich shared a similar stance as always, whereas guitarist Kirk Hammett described the album-making process as far superior to making movies.

"You really wanna know?" Kirk asked Rolling Stone. "Being a musician is much more fun and much more cooler than being an actor. I just get such a bigger feeling from making albums with your band. It's the four of you with maybe the engineer and the producer. I thought that making a movie would be similar to making an album, but I was totally, completely wrong.

"It's the four of you, then the directors, the producers and all the production people," he continued. "All these people have opinions of how the movie should unfold; it's just amazing because you need all these people and you have to listen to their opinions because they might be valid. It's strange because it takes a lot more people to make a movie than it does an album. Now that we've actually been through it and experienced it, I can say that it's a fun project, but I'm glad I'm a musician."

The band previously admitted that the film flopped at the box offices; now asked whether they'd consider making another one, Hammett replied: "In a heartbeat, just as long as someone else was paying for it. Not only is it a different experience, but it's crazy how expensive it is to make a movie. It's much more expensive to make a movie than it is to make a piece of music."

During a separate Reddit AMA session, Lars discussed several interesting subjects, including Megadeth, best new bands and his receding hairline. Asked by a fan to name a single favorite Megadeth track, Ulrich briefly replied: "My Last Words."

When it comes to his relationship with Dave Mustaine, the drummer noted that "it hasn't changed. I respect him as a musician and I will always love him as a brother and as a part of Metallica."

Asked to single out favorite fresh acts, Lars picked Baroness and Kvelertak, sharing his stance on the state of metal along the way. "I think it would be so awesome if there was a band that come along and shook it all up again," he said. "I just don't know who. I think the coolest band for me in the last couple years is Baroness. I also love Norwegian band Kvelertak. But I just don't know if any of these bands can take it to those heights unfortunately."

Finally, Ulrich discussed Metallica's controversial decision to cut their hair back in the '90s. "It had nothing to do with marketing whatsoever," he noted. "It was five years between the 'Black Album' and 'Load' and in that timespan the members of Metallica at various points decided individually to trim their hair length. It stunned us to the point of disbelief that people actually gave a shit about our hair when the record came out. But it was nothing to do with image or marketing or any of that nonsense."
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