The title character of Hesher, in the upcoming movie produced by Natalie Portman and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was inspired by the late Metallica bass guitarist, Cliff Burton. Gordon-Levitt revealed the inspiration during a recent interview, in which he discussed how he based his performance of the iconic metal god’s behavior.
Apparently, according to Gordon-Levitt, the current members of Metallica weren’t informed of the basis of the character before seeing the film, and were surprisingly reminded of the much-loved but long lost band member from years gone by. Burton is highly respected and lovingly remembered by the fans as well, so it will be interesting to see fan reaction to the performance as well.
Gordon-Levitt says, “They dug the movie. It was a real honor and I took a lot of inspiration for this character from the basis of some of their early albums, this guy named Cliff Burton, who played on ‘Master of Puppets’ and ‘Ride the Lightning’. 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. And they let us use their songs and I was actually moved because I grew up headbanging to METALLICA.”
Gordon-Levitt previously said about the “Hesher” film “I loved making this movie, and I love how it turned out. It’s hilarious, but it’s not just funny, it’s smart, it’s sad, it’s hopeful, it’s heartfelt, and it fuckin’ rocks . . . And, I’m humbled to say, METALLICA themselves liked it so much they gave us their music, they never give their stuff to movies!”
Hesher, which also shares the same logo font as Metallica, will be released on May 13, is produced by Natalie Portman who also stars in the film, and also stars Rainn Wilson from The Office and Super. You can view the trailer below.