Hesher Inspired By Metallica's Cliff Burton

04/25/2011
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(hennemusic) Metallica's influence on society is real, of course, but like layers of inspiration, some are more obvious to others than not.

Take actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt's portrayal of a troubled heavy metal fan in the new film, "Hesher"; the actor admits he based much of his title character's behavior on late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, who died when the band's tour bus crashed in Sweden in 1986

While the general public likely won't make the Burton/Hesher connection, Gordon-Levitt's performance was a success to some key figures: Metallica. Joseph said he was stunned when his rock idols recognized the similarities without prompting. "They dug the movie," he said. "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." more on this story

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