Metallica frontman James Hetfield and filmmaker Justin Hunt were interviewed on the Wednesday, March 30th edition of “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News channel about the new documentary “Absent”.

The film, which deals with the issue of absent or disengaged fathers, Hetfield recounts his own experience of having his father abandon his family when the future rock legend was 13 years old.

Now a father of three himself, Hetfield says that he himself has come a long way from the time in 2001 when he missed his son’s birthday because he was on a drunken hunting trip in Russia. He told the magazine that never happens anymore, explaining, “We’ll pull them from school and fly them to Lisbon or fly them to Philly, or wherever it is, so the kids gets to celebrate with their Pops.”

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has been cast in an HBO drama also starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen. The film, called “Hemingway And Gellhorn”, is described as “a drama centered on the romance between Ernest Hemingway and WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s inspiration for “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and the only woman who ever asked for a divorce from the writer.” Ulrich will play Dutch documentarian Joris Ivens in the TV movie.

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