Historical Figures and the Metal Musicians Who Could Play Them


As you’ve likely heard by now, Metallica’s James Hetfield has been cast as Robert Hayward, the cop who first arrested Ted Bundy, in the upcoming film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, which will star High School Musical‘s Zac Efron as the infamous serial killer. Interestingly, Hetfield isn’t the first member of Metallica to play a historical figure in a movie: Lars Ulrich played documentarian Joris Ivens in HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn.

This revelation got us thinking: what other metal musicians could potentially play real people in biopics? Our selections are below; feel free to add your own in the comments section!

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine as Vladimir Putinb13

Clutch’s Neil Fallon as Ernest Hemingwaypapa-fallon

Pentagram’s Bobby Liebling as Salvador Dalíliebling-dali

The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato as John Dillingerpuciato-john-dillinger

Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain as Saturday Night Live‘s G.E. Smithge-smith-nicko-mcbrain
Machine Head’s Jared MacEachern as Shaun White

Paradise Lost’s Nick Holmes as William Shakespeareshakespeare-holmes

Distubred’s David Draiman as Howie MandelHowie Mandel / David Draiman

Stryper’s Michael Sweet as Ted CruzTed Cruz Stryper

Trivium’s Matt Heafy as Joseph Gordon-Levittheafy-jgl

Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil as Former U.S. Representative Charles Rangelvince-neil-charles-rangel

Ozzy Osbourne as Margaret Thatcherozzy-thatcher

Axl Rose from Guns N’ Roses as Donald Trumpdonald-trump-axl-rose

Slash from Guns N’ Roses as Marc Bolan from T-RexHistorical Figures and the Metal Musicians Who Could Play Them

Dj Ashba from Sixx A.M. as Slash from Guns N’ RosesSlash versus Slashba B&W

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares as Hall of Fame Jockey Pat Daypat-day-dino-cazares

Gene Simmons from KISS as This Dead Whale gene-simmons-dead-whale

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