Metallica will release a 10th anniversary edition of their documentary film Some Kind of Monster next month.
Originally released in 2004, the film documented turbulent times in the Metallica camp, including the departure of bassist Jason Newstead, frontman James Hetfield’s battles with addiction, drummer Lars Ulrich facing off with Megadeth man Dave Mustaine’s firing from the band, and “performance coach” Phil Towle becoming directly embroiled in the interpersonal fallout.
Speaking with US radio host Elliot Seagal about whether the film still makes for difficult viewing, Hetfield said: “Yeah – hearing yourself, watching yourself, seeing the mirror back at what other people see. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, the directors, ended up being pretty much fly on the wall, so you really kind of forget the cameras are there and you’re being yourself.”
“A lot of times I’m not really comfortable with myself, seeing myself in the situations. But, man, I learned a lot about what I don’t like about me, which was good – and I think everyone involved pretty much felt the same way about themselves.”