It’s not every day when you hear that a thrash metal legend will now be going into acting, especially someone as old and established as James Hetfield of Metallica fame. In the new Ted Bundy movie titled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile that stars Zac Efron as the titular serial killer, James Hetfield is set to play Utah highway patrolman Bob Hayward who famously pulled over Bundy which subsequently led to his arrest. It’s quite the bizarre casting decision, but director Joe Berlinger was actually involved with the band before, directing the infamous documentary, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. If you’ve ever seen that documentary, you’d know that James Hetfield has quite the explosive temper on him.
While not an actor by any means, Hetfield has this rough Southern personality that would make him a good fit for a role such as this. Hayward probably won’t be a huge part of the film despite his pivotal involvement in the whole story surrounding the serial killer and Hetfield coming in for a short role might be the best. I’m also not saying that the singer doesn’t have any acting ability as he has been a showman for decades now and some of that tends to rub off on you. His portrayal in Some Kind of Monster was also so dramatic that it did feel like he was acting at the time even if it was all real life.
I think the concept of it is more surprising than anything, but I believe Hetfield will do the role justice. Berlinger probably saw something in Hetfield during their time together and sometimes you just have to trust in those that know what they’re doing.
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