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New Feature Film "Hesher" Inspired By Metallica's Original Bassist Cliff Burton

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A new feature film, titled "Hesher," is set to open in theaters on May 16, 2011 in which the main character was reportedly inspired by late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton - who tragically passed away on September 27, 1986 in a vehicle accident. A trailer for the film, which features Metallica's music throughout, can be found in the player below. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays the title character, commented on Metallica's response to the film by saying;

"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 [and] 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."

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1. wilco writes:

want to see it

# May 12, 2011 @ 2:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. silvermountains writes:

i want to see this.

# May 12, 2011 @ 3:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. -Metal_Rapture- writes:

A person that deserves a movie portrayal. I'll be checking this.

# May 12, 2011 @ 3:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. -Metal_Rapture- writes:

Checking this out*

# May 12, 2011 @ 3:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Ryanopuffs writes:

Defintley seeing this, man. And I really like Joseph Gordon-Levitt for his acting and personality. His interview on Conan about the movie was really cool, and hes a wicked guy. He showed the crowd how to headbang and destroyed the coffee table. Haha. Love that dude.

# May 12, 2011 @ 3:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. The_Avant_Garde writes:

I really hope this thing hit the theaters up here in Canada!

# May 13, 2011 @ 5:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. BrunoHockalugie writes:

Weird, KROQ played the trailer this morning and they portrayed it as a coming of age tale about a young man whose mother dies and his "Hesher" friend moves in. Nothing from what I heard gave me any premise to believe it was based on Cliff Burton, but then again it was 6AM and I was on the freeway not paying that much attention.

# May 13, 2011 @ 6:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. The_Avant_Garde writes:

as far as I understand it from the interviews of actors and the trailer, the story itself isnt about Cliff Burton. just the character of Hesher was inspired by Cliff Burton. Still sounds awesome to me

# May 13, 2011 @ 6:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. BrunoHockalugie writes:

Cool AG, thanks for the clarification!

I just heard of this movie this morning and in all honesty will not see it but I'll check it out when it comes to DVD.

# May 13, 2011 @ 7:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. BrunoHockalugie writes:

*see it in theaters

# May 13, 2011 @ 7:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. OlafBerzerker writes:

I wonder if Hesher will show his friend the Proper Roach Smoking Technique

# May 14, 2011 @ 4:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. WOLF7 writes:

For a minute I thought Heath Ledger has returned.

Looks like a film to see...

# May 15, 2011 @ 7:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. duncan hills writes:

hmm... joseph doesn't seem to remember cliff playing on Killemall too... XD

# May 16, 2011 @ 12:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Fuck_A_Name writes:

I think he just decided to name check master and lightning because thats what hes most known for.

# May 22, 2011 @ 5:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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