METALLICA Frontman Featured In 'Absent' Documentary

Debra Mayeux of The Daily Times reports that METALLICA frontman James Hetfield was interviewed (photo) for "Absent", a new documentary which examines the need for an emotional bond that children without fathers often experience.

New Mexico filmmaker Justin Hunt was negotiating with possible narrators when his big break came via an e-mail, received two weeks ago.

"I was driving on the freeway I almost crashed," Hunt said. The e-mail was from METALLICA. Hetfield wanted to be involved with the project.

Hetfield came from a broken home. "My family fell apart," he said in a clip from the film. "I had feelings of abandonment."

The candid and emotional interview shows a rare side of Hetfield. This leader of one of rock's monster bands has three children with his wife Francesca.

But with a closer look at his lyrics, according to Hunt, there is the pain from the absence of Hetfield's father, Virgil.

Hunt was granted access to those lyrics as well as the use of six METALLICA songs within the movie. He recently was invited back to METALLICA headquarters in San Francisco, where he will record a voice-over of Hetfield reading song lyrics.

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