Netflix metal lords is flowing now. The coming-of-age film stars Jaden Martell, Isis Hainsworth and Adrian Greensmith with Brett Gelman and Joe Manganiello. Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine is also the film’s executive music producer.
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“Two kids want to start a heavy metal band in high school where exactly two kids are interested in heavy metal. Hunter (Adrian Greensmith) is a diehard metal fan – is there anyone else? — who knows his history and knows how to shred,” reads the official synopsis. “His dream in life is to win the upcoming Battle of the Bands. He hires his best friend Kevin (Jayden Martell) on drums. But since classmates are more interested in Bieber than in Black Sabbath, finding a bass player isn’t easy. Until Kevin overhears Emily (Isis Hainsworth) playing her cello. The motley crew must battle school, parents, hormones and teenage anxiety as they try to live long enough for Skullf*cker to win the Battle of the Bands.»
ComingSoon Editor-in-Chief Tyler Treese spoke with the three editors metal lords stars about the film, their characters and their appreciation of metal music.
Tyler Treese: Jayden, there are some amazing royal cameos in the movie. You have a scene with Scott Ian, Kirk Hammett, Rob Halford and Tom Morello. Were they really on set with you or how was that scene filmed?
Jayden MartellA: Yes, we actually filmed it a few weeks after we finished filming in LA, in this little studio, and it was pretty fun to watch them all together. And they talked about things I shouldn’t talk about. [laughs]because they’re all friends, they’ve always been on that stage and basically grew up together. But it was amazing to see how these people, masters of their craft, try something new and get a little nervous, it’s quite unusual.
This is amazing.
Adrian, your character has real insecurities that have a strained relationship with his father, and we see that arc play out throughout the movie. Can you talk about how satisfying it is as an actor to have that kind of depth to work on a character?
Adrian GreensmithA: Yes, very lucky. Very, very lucky. Also, it’s fun to play someone completely different from me, and also someone who, um, what’s the name of that? Abrasive. Who… he has no problem getting someone to shut up, and I find that quite difficult. [laughs]. So it’s interesting, it’s been an interesting process. But yes, I was lucky to have someone who had a lot of depth.
Ishida, your character in the movie has some crazy moments where you swear and throw things. Was it fun to play them or was it difficult to get into that state of mind?
Isis HainsworthA: It was so much fun. It was so much fun. I like it. I never do this every day, so it’s really nice to just go crazy. We didn’t write a script for them, so they were like «Come on!» And so I just went, it was really good. Yeah. Funny.
Jayden, there’s a lot of real instrument playing in the movie. Did you have a musical education?
Martell: Not. I have never played drums. So there was a lot of practice and I worked with drummer Glen Sobel, the drummer for the Alice Cooper band. Amazing, amazing teacher. So I had to start from scratch, actually.
All three of you look very good throughout the film.
Adrian, music is such a powerful form of expression and your character really finds an outlet in it. Can you talk about your personal connection to the music and how you connect with the character?
Greensmith: Yeah. My mom is a musician, she’s a pianist, so I think music is a good grounding thing and quite an emotional thing for me. And it was nice, it was nice. Usually Hunter was almost softer when he played the guitar, which is funny because the music is not soft, but it was nice to combine that with his dialogue, which was not soft. It’s very tough. So that was cool. This was fun to play with.
Isis, I was curious if you were a fan of metal music before and if not, did it really give you a new understanding of the genre?
Hainsworth: Yes, I think I had an idea in my head about what metal is and that it’s just not for me. And then, yes, throughout the process of making this film, [realizing] this metal is so many different things in one, definitely. I have a lot of respect for him since he made the film, he really opened his eyes. There are several songs in my playlist [laughs].