METALLICA documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky recently spoke to U-Wire.com about the band's decision to spend $4 million of their own money to make a film that's some fans may feel make METALLICA seem like selfish whiners who do nothing but bicker and bitch at one another.
"These guys are risk takers. Always have been, always will be," Sinofsky said. "The very fact that they allowed us to make the film and would be willing to show their fan base, their millions of fans, warts and all, going through therapy, not being the tough, macho guys you've been seeing for the last 20 years. It takes incredible risk."
Berlinger added, "How much courage does it take to, first of all, tell your record label to f--- off in this age of declining record sales and downloading to say, 'You know what, we don't want this great promotional vehicle to sell records, we want to do what's right for this project.' B) To let it be filmed, to then pay for it, then to say, 'You know what, we're going to let these guys make the film that they want to make' and we're going to pay for it, and then to let it out the way it is."
"Some Kind of Monster" reportedly includes a part where Joe and Bruce come into the picture and METALLICA frontman James Hetfield admits that the combination of initially being forced to churn out lyrics while having the camera on and the boom hovering overhead at the Presidio recording/rehearsal studio was not conducive to his creative environment needs.
"James got into the swing of it when we had the opportunity to show him like 10 minutes of some rusted scenes," Sinofsky told U-Wire.com. "He understood where we were going and what we were trying to do. I think he was surprised by it. And when he analyzed and thought about it he came back to us and said, 'If anything, you guys need to go deeper. You have to be more honest and more truthful.'" [Read more]