An interview in Rockville Music Magazine showcases a recent screening of Absent, Justin Hunt’s documentary about phsyically and emotionally unavailable fathers. Among people covered in the movie is James Hetfield, who you know better as the loud guy from Metallica.
Hetfield grew up, for the most part, without his father, Virgil. When his mother died of cancer, Hetfield lived with his half-brother. Watching his mother die without the emotional support of a real father in his home tore Hetfield apart inside, and led to his life of alcohol and music.