Jaeden Martell, Adrian Greensmith, Isis Hainsworth

from netflix metal lords is now transmitting. The coming-of-age film stars Jaeden Martell, Isis Hainsworth and Adrian Greensmith with Brett Gelman and Joe Manganiello. Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello is also serving as executive music producer for the film.

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“Two kids want to form a heavy metal band at a high school where exactly two kids care about heavy metal. Hunter (Adrian Greensmith) is a die-hard metalhead—is there any other guy?—who knows the history of him and can shred,” reads the official synopsis. “His dream in life is to win the next Battle of the Bands. He recruits his best friend Kevin (Jaeden Martell) to handle the drums. But with classmates more interested in Bieber than Black Sabbath, finding a bassist is a struggle. Until Kevin overhears Emily (Isis Hainsworth) playing her cello. The motley crew must deal with school, parents, hormones and teen angst while trying to get along long enough for Skullf*cker to win the Battle of the Bands.”

ComingSoon Editor-in-Chief Tyler Treese spoke with the top three metal lords stars about the film, its characters, and their appreciation of metal music.

Tyler Treese: Jaeden, there are some amazing cameos from metal royalty in the movie. You have a scene with Scott Ian, Kirk Hammett, Rob Halford and Tom Morello. Were they actually on set with you or how was that scene filmed?

Jaeden Martell: Yeah, we actually shot it a few weeks after we finished in Los Angeles in this little studio and it was pretty entertaining to see them all together. And they were talking about things that I shouldn’t talk about. [laughs], because they’re all friends, they’ve been in this scene forever and they’ve essentially grown up together. But it was amazing to see these people who are masters of their craft try something new and see them be a little bit nervous, that’s pretty special.

That’s great.

Adrian, there’s a real insecurity in your character, that he has a strained relationship with his father, and we see this arc play out throughout the film. Can you talk about how satisfying it is as an actor to have so much depth to work with for the character?

Adrian Greensmith: Yes, good luck. Very, very lucky. Also, it’s fun to play someone quite different from me and also someone who, um, what do you say? Abrasive. Who has… has no problem telling someone to shut up, and that’s pretty hard for me. [laughs]. So that’s interesting to do, it was an interesting process. But yeah, I was lucky to have someone who had a lot of depth.

Isis, your character has some crazy moments in the movie, where you curse and throw objects. Was it fun to play with them or was it stressful to get into that state of mind?

isis hainsworth: It was so funny. It was so funny. I loved. I never get to do that every day, so it’s great to go crazy. We didn’t write them down, so they were like “Go ahead!” So I went, it was really good. Yes. Fun.

Jaeden, there are a lot of real instruments in the movie. Did you have a musical background?

Martell: No. I had never really played the drums. So it was a lot of practice and I worked with this drummer Glen Sobel, who is the drummer for Alice Cooper’s band. Incredible, incredible teacher. So I had to start from scratch, really.

It looks great throughout the movie, all three of them.

Adrian, music is such a powerful form of expression, and your character really finds an outlet through it. Can you talk about your own personal connection to the music and how you related to the character?

Greengrocer: Yes. My mother is a musician, she is a pianist, so I think that music is a good base and something very emotional for me. And it was nice, it was nice. Hunter was usually almost softer when he played guitar, which is funny because the music isn’t soft, but it was nice to be able to juggle that with his dialogue, which isn’t soft. It’s very hard. That was great. It was fun to play with it.

Isis, I was curious if you were a fan of metal music before this and if not, did it really give you a new appreciation for the genre?

Hainsworth: Yeah, I think I had this idea in my head of what metal was and it just wasn’t for me. And then yes, throughout the process of making this film, [realizing] that metal is so many different things all rolled into one, definitely. I have a lot of respect for him ever since I made the film, it’s been really eye-opening. There are some songs that I have on my playlist. [laughs].

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