Joseph Gordon-Levitt: How Metallica inspired his latest role


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Remember the days before Inception and 500 Days of Summer -- back when Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a cute, floppy-haired kid on 3rd Rock From the Sun? Turns out his famously long locks weren't just an innocent fashion choice. "I grew my hair long so I could headbang," says Gordon-Levitt. "It ended up being the hairstyle of my character [on the show]

, but I grew it long so I could headbang to bands like Metallica.”

The metal supergroup was also an inspiration for Gordon-Levitt’s latest role in Hesher, an indie drama about a bullied youngster (Devin Brochu) who gets unexpected mentoring from a rock-loving guru (Gordon-Levitt) and a grocery store clerk (Natalie Portman). “[Former Metallica Bassist] Cliff Burton was a big, big inspiration for my character,” says Gordon-Levitt. “The skull that Hesher has on his shoulder? Chris has the same one.” Unfortunately, the actor didn’t have time to get his real hair to guitar-god length for the movie.”It’s a wig. I can’t lie,” he admits. “I shot Hesher right before I shot Inception. All that hair would’ve taken years to grow.”

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  • Joseph

    It figures there’d be a Metallica influence, the typeface for “Hesher” is in Metallica’s logo style.

  • petuniafromhell

    Love the trailer with the Metallica soundtrack!

  • Tim

    he’s always been yummy

  • ScriptOhio

    METALLICA rules the world! I’m just sayin…

    • niiki

      yes they do..

  • animal

    i’d do him

  • Gen

    Is it wrong that I want to see this movie because he looks irresistible in it?

  • CRobinson71

    Awesome trailer! Love the “Battery” opening music from Metallica (my fav band of all-time). I’ll see it just for Joseph. He looks like an old friend of mine from high school who passed a while back. Should be rad!!

  • CRobinson71

    btw, love his reference to the late GREAT Cliff Burton! He is a true fan, and Metallica was never the same after Cliff’s death.

  • chicago_animal

    Metallica is not a SuperGroup. A supeergroup is a term for a band that is made up of members from other bands.

    • Dr. Linus

      Some examples of Supergroups:
      Traveling Wilburys
      Velvet Revolver
      Temple of the Dog
      A Perfect Circle

      Metallica doesn’t fit the bill.

      • Bryce


  • Jamie

    Does anyone know if Metallica sued for using their logo and music? Hell, hey sue everybody else for just listening to their music on their friends computer!

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