According to Rockville Music Magazine, 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.
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!"
METALLICA's songs "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", "Orion" and "The Call Of Ktulu" were prominently featured in the documentary film "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders At Robin Hood Hills", which marked the first significant use of the band's music in feature films. The follow-up film, "Paradise Lost 2: Revelations" also uses the song "Fixxxer". The group's music can also be heard it "Absent", a documentary film focusing on the worldwide crisis of absent fathers. In "Absent", METALLICA frontman James Hetfield provides an intimate look at the painful impact left on his life after his father, Virgil, abandoned his family when James was only 13.
For more information on "Hesher", visit www.hesherthemovie.com.