Published Oct 18, 2011While Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is currently bracing himself for the anticipated if not misunderstood Lulu collaboration between his band and Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed, the percussionist revealed that it wasn't too long ago that he turned down the opportunity to work with another celebrated artist, namely director Quentin Tarantino. Ulrich recently revealed that he had been approached by the Kill Bill auteur to help score the series, but the metalhead ultimately passed on the project.
"One of the most surreal 30 minutes of my life was having Quentin Tarantino 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 [Kill Bill] to the Metallica songs 'Enter Sandman' and 'Sad But True.' Tarantino's next-level movie magic married to Metallica music, all turned up to 11," Ulrich recounted to Newsweek [via NME] of a dinner the pair had in San Francisco sometime during the last decade.
While flattered at the opportunity, Ulrich didn't know what to make of the script when it was sent his way, causing him to balk.
"The script. Man, was it thick and dense," he recalled. "I realized that most of this was written in a language that was outside of my realm of understanding. I had never encountered a narrative like this, set in, to me, a very foreign culture of martial arts and Asian myths. I just couldn't wrap my thick Danish head around it."
Ulrich has since gone on to say that passing on the project was the "single biggest mistake I've made in the creative department." Wu-Tang Clan member RZA went on to orchestrate and produce the soundtracks for both volumes of Kill Bill.
Clearly embracing the wild opportunities coming his way, Ulrich's Loutallica album, Lulu, comes out November 1 on Warner.