Metallica: Cliff Burton Inspired Title Character In Hesher Film

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor in the new film, "Hesher", admits he based much of his title character's behavior on late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton.

Metallica: Cliff Burton Inspired Title Character In Hesher Film
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Metallica's influence on society is real, of course, but like layers of inspiration, some are more obvious to others than not. Take actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt's portrayal of a troubled heavy metal fan in the new film, "Hesher"; the actor admits he based much of his title character's behavior on late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, who died when the band's tour bus crashed in Sweden in 1986 While the general public likely won't make the Burton/Hesher connection, Gordon-Levitt's performance was a success to some key figures: Metallica. Joseph said he was stunned when his rock idols recognized the similarities without prompting. "They dug the movie", he said. "And when the band saw it, they were like, 'You know what, he reminds us of Cliff,' and we didn't even tell them that's what we were going for." The metal icons rarely allow their music to be used for other projects, but Metallica made an exception when they saw Gordon-Levitt in the dark drama. "They let us use their songs, and I was actually moved because I grew up headbanging to Metallica", said the actor. "It was a real honor." The star relived his teenage years as a heavy rock fan during an appearance on Conan O'Brien's show on Thursday, when he donned a blond wig and demonstrated his headbanging skills - tossing a glass table and smashing a glass vase in the process. You can watch the official "Hesher" trailer below:
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    cambo187
    Khaosdogg wrote: After reading the 'news' and watching the trailer, I still don't get what this movie is supposed to be about.
    Exactly. This is what I gathered from the trailer: Dwight Shrute and son lose wife/mom, they move in with grandma, Hesher magically appears in kitchen and moves in, Hesher terrorizes son and hits him with van for no apparent reason, Natalie Portman appears wearing hipster glasses making her slightly less attractive, Hesher wants to bang "Wearing Glasses but still Do-able" Natalie Portman, son wants to bang "Unusually Hot Bag-Girl" Natalie Portman, Hesher blows stuff up.
    GenerationKILL
    This movie is brilliant. I've seen it as it was part of a film festival. I think the people behind it wanted to wait for oscar season because Gordon Levitts performance was so good. I got the Cliff Burton homage when I saw it but likened him more to your standard greasy metalhead. He'd definetely do a good cliff burton in a metallica biopic thats for sure!
    DSG3002
    The movie title even uses the Metallica font? That's pretty intense inspiration
    MidniteHaze
    CronoMagus wrote: Basically it's about a family that is destroyed by the passing away of the mother leaving only the father and the son, both of which are devastated. Hesher is a wild Squatter who just shows up in their garage and starts living there uninvited. The father is so broken that he can't muster up the courage to kick him out so Hesher becomes a fixture in the home resulting in Hesher opening the families eyes to life and how to live again without depression.
    How does this connect to Heavy Metal?
    AeternumBM wrote: R.I.P. Cliff (1962 - 1986)
    +1
    Jesus_Dean
    This seems to be the trend for movie actors. Johnny Depp imitates Keith Richards for his role as "Captain Jack Sparrow". Heath Ledger imitates Eddie Van Halen for his role as "The Joker". There are probably enough others that just aren't as obvious.
    CronoMagus
    Basically it's about a family that is destroyed by the passing away of the mother leaving only the father and the son, both of which are devastated. Hesher is a wild Squatter who just shows up in their garage and starts living there uninvited. The father is so broken that he can't muster up the courage to kick him out so Hesher becomes a fixture in the home resulting in Hesher opening the families eyes to life and how to live again without depression.
    Khaosdogg
    After reading the 'news' and watching the trailer, I still don't get what this movie is supposed to be about.
    Megadethfan245
    Khaosdogg wrote: After reading the 'news' and watching the trailer, I still don't get what this movie is supposed to be about.
    me either, but it looks pretty heavy metal
    sticksause
    First few seconds: meh, it's just gonna be one of THOSE kinds of film. By the end: Wow, this looks pretty good and I want to see this