My Favorite Mistake
Ulrich, Lars, Newsweek
Byline: Lars Ulrich
Metallica's Lars Ulrich on saying no to Quentin Tarantino.
Quentin Tarantino wants to have dinner. OK, we can facilitate that ... A week later, we're hanging out in a restaurant in San Francisco, swapping stories about the most turbulent flights we've ever been on, triggered by a particularly nasty flight he'd just taken from China. In between the mischief and half-truths, we get to the point of the visit, which concerns his next cinematic endeavor, titled Kill Bill.
One of the most surreal 30 minutes of my life was having Q.T. six inches from my face, eyes dancing, intensely animated, explaining in intricate detail how he had written and choreographed the two main fight scenes in the film to the Metallica songs "Enter Sandman" and "Sad but True." Fists would impact faces on accents. Kicks would land on cymbal hits. Bodies would twirl along with the rhythm of the music. Tarantino's next-level movie magic married to Metallica music, all turned up to 11.
I was already fast-forwarding 18 months, sitting in an Enormodome, watching this spectacle unfold before my eyes with the biggest smile on my face. True cinematic poetry in motion. The greatest marriage between music and film the world had ever seen.
We were high on this idea for the rest of the evening, and the elation continued for days. Finally, ta-da! …