Metallica singer James Hetfield has a small role in the new Ted Bundy movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile, and Evil that stars Zac Efron as the serial killer. Hetfield plays the police officer who caught Bundy for the first time–for a traffic violation. It’s a pivotal moment in Bundy’s life and the movie, and Hetfield “absolutely nailed the part,” according to Efron.
Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel, Efron said he expected Hetfield–who has limited acting experience–to ask for some advice or a note. He didn’t.
“James Hetfield, to his credit, he came in and he absolutely nailed the part,” he said. “He just crushed it. It’s like he’s been acting his whole life. He did a great job.”
“James Hetfield is the shit.”
A Netflix movie, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile follows the crimes of Bundy but told from the vantage point of his longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, who is played by Lily Collins (Tolkien, To the Bone). Kaya Scodelario, Jim Parsons, John Malkovich, and Haley Joel Osment.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile hits Netflix on May 3; it is directed by Joe Berlinger. He was nominated for an Oscar for the documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.
Netflix paid a reported $9 million to acquire the film, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival back in January. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile and Evil will also have a limited theatrical run.