Metallica frontman “nailed” role in Ted Bundy film, Zac Efron says
Efron had nothing but praise for the Metallica frontman's patrolman portrayal.May 1, 2019
The Ted Bundy biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile premieres on Netflix and select theaters this Friday. The film stars Zac Efron as Bundy who shares nothing but praise for his fellow actor and Metallica frontman James Hetfield.
Hetfield plays Officer Bob Hayward in the upcoming film, the patrolman who arrested the real Bundy back in 1975. While the role marks Hetfield’s first dramatic acting debut, it looks like he hit this one out of the park.
This isn’t the first time Hetfield has worked with the film’s director, Joe Berliner. As it turns out, Berliner also co-directed Metallica’s Some Kind of Monster documentary.
Last night, Efron sat down for an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he revealed what it was like working with a member of Metallica.
“He comes on the set, and it’s one of the more pivotal moments,” Efron says. “It’s the moment that Ted actually got caught for the first time—he ran a stop sign. And James Hetfield plays the policeman that picks him up.”
“And James Hetfield, to his credit, and absolutely nailed the part, he just crushed it. It’s like he’s been acting his own 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 shit!”
Kimmel then cracks the joke, “Of all the stories about Ted Bundy, I never knew he was arrested by Metallica. I had no idea.”
To which Efron replies, “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.”
Check out the full interview below.
More on Zac Efron as Ted Bundy
In a recent interview, Efron revealed how he had a hard time turning off his Ted Bundy mindset while filming the serial killer’s biopic.
“I’ve never played a role in which I really have to separate myself from when I go home at night, and it was almost impossible,” Efron says. “I’d like to say that I did it successfully but I couldn’t.”
“It’s a different perspective and not your run-of-the-mill serial killer cliché, body count gets higher and higher, and oh the guy you always knew did it, did it. This is what it was like to be there on the day, we didn’t know if he was innocent or guilty, we just saw Ted Bundy through their eyes.”
The film will premiere on Netflix May 3.
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