Just as Ted Bundy biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile drops on Netflix, star Zac Efron has praised co-star James Hetfield for his acting chops.
The film, which looks at Ted Bundy’s crimes through the eyes of his girlfriend, features the Metallica frontman as Officer Bob Hayward, the highway policeman who arrested Bundy (played by Efron) in 1975.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile marks Hetfield’s first dramatic acting role, and in a recent guest appearance on talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Efron praised the metal icon’s performance, saying he “crushed it”.
“He comes on the set, and it’s one of the more pivotal moments… It’s the moment that Ted actually got caught for the first time — he ran a stop sign. And James Hetfield plays the policeman that picks him up,” explained Efron.
“And James Hetfield, to his credit absolutely nailed the part. He just crushed it. It’s like he’s been acting his whole life. He had no fear. He did a great job. I was ready to maybe give James Hetfield a tip or something, but he didn’t ask for a single one. James Hetfield is the shit.”
Kimmel joked, “Of all the stories about Ted Bundy, I never knew he was arrested by Metallica. I had no idea.”
Efron replied, “Dude… Even though I was acting… when I got pulled over by James Hetfield, it was kinda like a dream come true. For a lot of dudes, it would be their dream come true.”
Watch the conversation in full below.
Meanwhile ICYMI you can catch Hetfield live when Metallica tour Australia in October this year with Slipknot (!!!!)