Metallica Won Over by Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Hesher' Performance

April 22, 2011 18:22:00 GMT

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's portrayal of a heavy metal fan in new film 'Hesher' reminded Metallica so much of tragic guitarist Cliff Burton, they immediately agreed to licence their music for the movie.

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The "Until It Sleeps" hitmakers, Metallica are famous for refusing to allow their tracks to be used for other projects, but they made an exception when they saw "Inception" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the dark drama.

The actor admits he based much of his title character's behaviour on Cliff Burton, who died when Metallica's tour bus crashed in Sweden in 1986, and he was stunned when his rock idols recognised the similarities without prompting.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt says, "They dug the movie. It was a real honour 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."

The star relived his teenage years as a heavy rock fan during an appearance on U.S. TV show "Conan" 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.


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posted by Preezrak on Apr 24, 2011
Peer to peer is stealing. So people who want to be paid for their work are "money hungry bitches"? Good luck in life Rob.
posted by Rob on Apr 23, 2011
Peer to peer isnt stealing. Metallica is a joke, loved the when I was in high school. But they proved they are just like every other money hungry bitches
posted by kyle on Apr 23, 2011
Metallica has never had a problem with people using their music; they only have a problem with people stealing their music and using it without permission.

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