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Metallica Bassist Working on Jaco Pastorius Movie

Bryan Wawzenek
Jaco Pastorius

An upcoming 3D movie isn’t the only Metallica-related film project. Bassist Robert Trujillo is funding a biopic about the influential bass legend Jaco Pastorius, according to USA Today.

“Jaco was my hero growing up. Hearing him was like hearing Eddie Van Halen doing ‘Eruption’ for the first time: You thought, ‘What instrument is that?’” Trujillo said. “I loved jazz fusion and branched out from there. But Jaco had an edge that far exceeded his jazz persona. He was funk, he was rock, he was soul. And his whole attitude was punk.”

The documentary, tentatively titled Jaco, is being directed by Stephen Kijack (2010’s Stones in Exile). Trujillo hopes the movie will be ready in time to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this fall.

Pastorius died at age 35 in 1987, following a beating he suffered in an alley. But his revolutionary take on the bass influences the likes of Sting and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who both were interviewed for the movie.

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