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Metallica’s music used in new independent movie “Hesher”, staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson and Natalie Portman

by on Apr.16, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Metallica has allowed the use of its music in “Hesher”, the upcoming independent movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman. Avid Metallica fans will also instantly take note of the font used on the “Hesher” movie poster. In addition, the trailer for the film, which is due on May 13, includes a snippet of Metallica’s song “The Shortest Straw”.

Part drama and part dark comedy, “Hesher”‘s storyline revolves around a father and son suffer a tremendous tragedy and struggle to heal. Their mourning period is interrupted by Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a long-haired, havoc-wreaking stranger who infiltrates their lives in uncomfortable ways.

After playing at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, “Hesher” — which was written and directed by Spencer Susser — made its way to the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas this past March.

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Commented Gordon-Levitt: “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. Natalie decided to produce Spencer’s script for a reason, and by the way her character’s nothing like you’ve seen her. Devin, the protagonist, is a truly talented young actor. Rainn gave a legit no-joke badass dramatic performance. And, I’m humbled to say, Metallica themselves liked it so much they gave us their music, they never give their stuff to movies!

“Now this really is an ‘indie’ film, meaning it’s being independently released without any huge corporations behind the marketing and advertising and all that jazz. ’500 Days Of Summer’ had that ‘indie’ spirit, but it was put out by Fox Searchlight who has tons of resources to spread the word. ‘Hesher”s just got us. So pass it around!”


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