METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich makes a cameo appearance playing himself in "Get Him To The Greek", an American comedy film, directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill. The movie, which was also written by Stoller, was released on June 4.
"Get Him to the Greek" is a spin-off from "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", reuniting director Stoller with stars Hill and Brand. Brand reprises his character Aldous Snow from "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", while Hill plays an entirely new character.
Artisan News Service spoke to Ulrich (see video below) about his involvement with the film at the movie's May 25 Los Angeles premiere at the Greek Theatre.
When asked about acting in "Get Him to the Greek", Lars said, "It was so much fun. I mean, they sent the script and I learned my lines. And when I showed up on the set, none of it mattered — they just took the script and threw it away. We were just improvising and having fun and insulting each other, and it was a great time. Russell, obviously, is a stand-up comedian, first and foremost, or at least he started as a stand-up comedian, so it's all just improvising."
Regarding whether he lent any real-life rock-star pointers to the "Get Him to the Greek" filmmakers, Ulrich said, "They kept asking me if I could give them pointers about what it's really like, and I tried to tell them, but in my world, most of what goes on in this world is so difficult to actually make anybody believe that it actually happened, so I think most of it just went over their heads."
So has Ulrich has had any Aldous Snow moments in his career?
"I've had way too many Aldous Snow moments, trust me," he replied. "But I will say that METALLICA, fortunately, were never quite the band that... None of us went missing for days or ended up in the gutter. We've had a few crazy moments here and there — close calls — but we always showed up on time, more or less, and played our shows. In 29 years of METALLICA, I've only missed one show, so that's not bad."
The film's synopsis reads as follows: "Aaron Greenberg (Hill) gets things done. The ambitious 23-year-old has exaggerated his way into a dream job just in time for a career-making assignment. His mission: Fly to London and escort a rock god to L.A.s Greek Theatre for the first-stop on a $100-million tour. His warning: Turn your back on him at your own peril. British rocker Aldous Snow (Brand) is both a brilliant musician and walking sex. Weary of yes men and piles of money, the former front man is searching for the meaning of life. But that doesnt mean he cant have a few orgies while he finds it. When he learns his true love is in California, Aldous makes it his quest to win her backright before kick-starting his world domination.
"As the countdown to the concert begins, one intern must navigate a minefield of London drug smuggles, New York City brawls and Vegas lap dances to deliver his charge safe and, sort of, sound. He may have to coax, lie to, enable and party with Aldous, but Aaron will get him to the Greek."
Watch a clip of Ulrich's appearance in the movie below.
Lars Ulrich interviewed at "Get Him To The Greek" Los Angeles premiere:
Clip of Ulrich's appearance in "Get Him To The Greek":