Dane Dehaan and Lars Ulrich Talk METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER, the IMAX Sound Mix, Choosing the Songs, What They Collect, and Much More

     September 27, 2013


Director Nimrod Antal’s (Predators) Metallica Through the Never opens this weekend in IMAX 3D.  The pic combines Metallica concert footage with a fictional narrative where Dane DeHaan plays a roadie who is sent on a mission through a “terrifying post-apocalyptic urban streetscape” during a concert.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

This year at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with DeHaan and Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich.  They talked about how the project came together, the IMAX sound mix, DeHaan’s approach to the unique material as an actor, how they chose the songs, what they collect, and much more.  In addition, DeHaan talks about the opportunity to play James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s LifeHit the jump to watch.

Finally, if you missed my exclusive video interview with James Hetfield, click here to check it out.

METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER posterDane Dehaan and Lars Ulrich:

  • 0:30 – Ulrich says the response to Some Kind of Monster led to Metallica: Through the Never.  Ulrich pitched the narrative/concert hybrid to several directors who didn’t get it, and then found a match with Antal.
  • 3:00 – DeHaan explains his approach to the unique material as an actor.
  • 4:30 – This gives DeHaan a lifetime pass to Metallica concerts.
  • 4:45 – Ulrich discusses the sound component of IMAX, and how much thought they put into the sound and music to immerse the audience.
  • 6:25 – They shot on 3D cameras and converted to the IMAX format in post-production.
  • 7:55 – It took a year and a half to build the stage.  They chose to play Metallica’s greatest hits, sequenced and edited to fit the flow of the movie.
  • 10:30 – DeHaan collects “miniature things.”  Or he did, before he lost everything in the move.
  • 11:55 – Ulrich collects paintings and furniture and rotates the decoration in his house.
  • 13:10 – DeHaan talks about the opportunity to play James Dean.
  • 14:10 – Ulrich talks about making the next record.


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