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James Hetfield to play a cop in Zac Efron's Ted Bundy movie

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Zac Efron’s Ted Bundy might have to start sleeping with one eye open and gripping the pillow tight because Metallica’s James Hetfield has signed on to play a cop in director Joe Berlinger’s thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile. Specifically, Deadline says Hetfield will play Officer Bob Hayward, a “no-nonsense Utah highway patrol veteran” who arrested Bundy in 1975 and correctly suspected he was up to something bad when he found burglary equipment in his car.

This will be Hetfield’s first dramatic role, though he has played himself in various movies and TV shows—not counting that American Dad episode with the water polo coach who definitely wasn’t James Hetfield. This project will also reunite Hetfield with Berlinger, who co-directed the Metallica documentary Some Kind Of Monster. In a statement, Berlinger said that he offered the role to Hetfield based on his experience with the Metallica frontman’s “charisma and powerful presence.”


Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile will also star Lily Collins, Jim Parsons, and John Malkovich.

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