Lars Ulrich as Dutch documentarian Joris Ivens
No one would have guessed back in 1981 that Lars Ulrich, a dorky metalhead from Denmark who formed a small band named Metallica, would one day play a significant character in a major cable network movie. In HBO’s biopic Hemingway & Gellhorn, Ulrich gets the opportunity to play Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens.
It’s no coincidence that girlfriend, Danish beauty/actress Connie Nielsen, had been cast in the movie. She probably got Lars the gig. Nonetheless, the drummer does a pretty good job. At first he doesn’t say much and walks aimlessly through the camera shots. But when the camera does center on Lars, he really does an admirable job.
The movie itself is absolutely horrible — stylistically schizophrenic, a cartoonish approach to an era of Ernest Hemingway’s life. Nicole Kidman plays Martha Gellhorn opposite Clive Owen’s Hemingway. Not their best work. It’s not their fault that the script turns them into nothing more than caricatures. The truth is, with its sweeping, campy vision centered around the Spanish Civil War, it would have made more sense to turn this work into a Broadway musical, or a Baz Luhrmann film.
Practically the entire cast comes out as a casualty. Ironically, it’s the non-thespian, Lars Ulrich, that comes out okay. Not bad for a kid who survived his first cross-country, Metallica club tour on the likes of nasty bologna sandwiches and substandard beer.
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