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John Mastema



Joined: 28 May 2000
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2000 10:53 am    Post subject: Metal God?!?! Reply with quote

When I first heard that Mark Wahlberg would be portraying Judas Priest frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens I thought for sure someone was kidding me. How could Marky Mark "Boogie Nights" Wahlberg accurately portray a Metal anything, especially Judas Priest's lead singer!
Not only is this insulting to my intelligence, but it is more insulting to the Metal audience than Airheads or Beavis and Butt-Head. With all the work that has been done to bring Metal back, a movie like this will do what? I'm sure that the idiots at mTV are snickering right now under their breath. Marky "Feel the Vibrations" Mark does not, in any way, represent Metal or Metal fans! I contacted Judas Priest Management and was told that they have no say in who is cast because they do not endorse this film, apparently some loser bought an article in the NY Times about Ripper Owens a few years ago and wrote an unauthorized screenplay about it! Typical Hollywood greed!
George Clooney, Marky Mark and Jennifer Aniston... What the **** were you thinking?!? Somehow, I don't associate those names with Metal, but apparently some idiots think that their actual lives and the fact that they are not Metal doesn't count. Sure, and next Vanilla Ice will be cast in the life story of Chuck D and David Duke as Farrakhan.
This is ridiculous and I'm sick of the mainstream media thinking they can insult Metal and Metal fans in this way! Sure, it's supposed to be a positive film. However, white rappers who are the brothers of New Kids and portray Disco Stars do not a Metal God make! Doesn't anyone remember, Disco is the enemy of Metal?!? Even Alice Cooper remembers that. Apparently Mr. "Calvin Klein" Mark Wahlberg doesn't realize that Jim Carrey is more Metal than he is! (It's true, it's true!) I can't wait for Kurt Loder to make some wisecracks about this film. Just great.

-John
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Ellie



Joined: 15 May 2000
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2000 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't the movie supposed to be a comedy though? I'm not entirely sure. However, Mark Wahlberg is an actor, not a rapper/model. That's what he USED to be. Who would have thought Madonna would successfully pull of playing Eva Peron?
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fitzy



Joined: 12 May 2000
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Location: ireland

PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2000 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firstly I respect the fact that everyone is allowed have their opinion whatever it may be
and I have no intention of starting an arguement over something which is meant to be entertainment, be it music of any variety or movies.
As for the film maybe it won't work maybe it will but considering it is still in production I feel that even the most cynical of critics save their opinions until they actually see it.

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Cathy Y



Joined: 28 Apr 2000
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Location: Middletown, NJ 07748

PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2000 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI, John, Mark Wahlberg did not play a disco star in "Boogie Nights" (a movie you obviously haven't seen, otherwise you'd have a little more appreciation for his talent as an actor). He played a porn star (though he has a disco dancing scene in it). By the way, following your logic, they should have cast real porn stars in "Boogie Nights" and real fishermen in "The Perfect Storm."

Mark Wahlberg is not appearing in "Metal God" as Marky Mark... he is an ACTOR, and IMO one of the finest actors working today. (I must say that unlike some people on this board I have zero interest in anything he did as Marky Mark. Just not my kind of music; then again, neither is heavy metal.) In fact, when he was starting his acting career, he repeatedly said that he would avoid any film roles that exploited his "Marky Mark" image, e.g. he wouldn't be typecast as a "white rapper" etc. He has also made some very self-deprecating comments about his own singing. I read somewhere that he studied with a voice coach for "Metal God," but I'm not even sure he does much of his own singing in the movie. It's actually very common for the singing in movies to be dubbed, because the person with the best voice is not necessarily the best actor for the part. "Metal God" (which BTW will be released under a different title, apparently) is not a concert movie, it's a comedy that focuses on many other things beside the music. So stop being so touchy about some imagined disrespect to heavy metal.

To give you an analogy, I happen to be a huge basketball fan, but I'm not sitting here bellyaching because movies like "Love and Basketball" use actors who are not professional athletes to portray basketball players. (They're taught a few basic moves, of course, otherwise doubles do the work.) Is this "disrespectful" toward basketball? Sheesh...

Actually I do have some misgivings about "Metal God," because (sorry John) heavy metal is just about one of my least favorite things in the world, and I also don't care much for Jennifer Aniston -- I find her very bland and lacking in personality. On the other hand, it will be nice to see MW in a comedy role, and it definitely sounds like a movie that expands his range as an actor.


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Annie M



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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2000 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been informed by TWO different people who have worked as extras on "Metal God", that, contrary to what has been reported in the press, the film is NOT a comedy.
I had read that is was, but apparently that is false. These people were there during the shooting, so they would know.

I have to say that John did not do very much research before he opened his uninformed opinions up to us! Samuel Clemmons once said, "Fools' names and Fools' faces are often seen in public places." I think that goes for Foolish remarks as well!

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Cathy Y



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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2000 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's interesting. The Upcoming Movies website (upcomingmovies.com) describes Metal God as a comedy ... of course I'm sure they sometimes get things wrong ... but then again, it's possible for someone to do some work on the set and not really catch the whole drift of the movie, no? Anyhow, comedy or not, the point is still that it focuses on a lot of things other than music, and it is not being made primarily for heavy metal fans. Actually, I think that in one of his recent interviews at the Cannes festival, Mark was quite upfront about the fact that he doesn't even like heavy metal music (though he spent a lot of time listening to it for the movie). So what???? "Metal God" was originally supposed to star Brad Pitt -- who is not a musician at all (and in my view not nearly as good an actor as Mark Wahlberg).

I looked up that item about Mark taking lessons with a voice coach for "Metal God." Apparently he does get to sing one duet in the movie himself, the rest is dubbed, and hiring the voice coach was his own decision because he really wanted to make sure he did good.


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Ellie



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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2000 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe Metal God is going to be a bit like 'Boogie Nights'. I initially read that that was a Comedy, but in fact was a touching original Drama, but with some very funny moments in it
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Annie M



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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2000 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ellie,
Yes, I think you are right, and I sort of figured that MG will turn out something like BN, but with metallic instead of disco music.
Y'all will be glad to know that Mark is playing the guitar HIMSELF. He took lessons, and was said to be pretty good!
I really cannot wait to hear this! I know he has spent a lot of time rehearsing with the band for the film, too.

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GlittaKitten



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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2000 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All I've got to say is that Mark looks like Jesse Harte from Southgang with those hair extensions.....LMAO!
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