Lars Ulrich on ‘Montage Of Heck’: ‘I loved being so close to Kurt but it was almost too close’

Metallica shares his views of Nirvana documentary on Nikki Sixx's radio show

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has shared his thoughts on the recent Kurt Cobain documentary, Cobain: Montage Of Heck.

The Brett Morgen-directed film hit UK cinemas in the spring, receiving its US television debut on HBO earlier in May. Fully authorised by Cobain’s estate, the candid documentary offered unprecedented access to the Nirvana frontman’s archives, showcasing unheard recordings, never-seen-before footage and personal home movies.

Read the NME review of Cobain: Montage Of Heck.


Speaking in a recent radio interview, Ulrich described the movie as “very brave” and “a great piece of filmmaking”. Applauding the depth of its delving into Cobain’s character, the drummer also argued that the documentary “took a little bit of the mystique away”.

“I thought it was a great piece of filmmaking,” Ulrich said. “I thought it was unique, [I’d] never quite seen a film like that. I loved being that close to [Kurt], but I also had issues being that close to him, because it took a little bit of the mystique away. And I was kind of sitting there going, ‘Do I really need to see Kurt Cobain in a bathtub?’ Do you know what I mean?! That kind of stuff.”

Ulrich continued in the interview on Sixx Sense, the radio show of Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, “I thought, as a film, it was a fantastic, original, very brave piece of filmmaking. And I thought it was very courageous and very daring. And I applaud the fact that the film was made. [But] as a fan of Cobain, and as a fan of Nirvana, it was almost too much, it was almost too close. Do you know what I mean?! Because, now, next time I hear ‘Come As You Are’ or one of those songs, I’ll still sit there and think of him in a bathtub of him shaving, or that scene at the end where he’s holding [daughter] Frances [Bean Cobain], and some of that stuff, which was challenging to watch.” Listen to the full interview below.

The film’s director Brett Morgen recently revealed plans to release an album of Cobain’s solo recordings, after discovering over 200 hours worth of material while researching his film. “It’s not a Nirvana album, it’s just Kurt and you’re going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him,” he told US publication Bedford + Bowery.

Meanwhile, Ulrich joined Royal Blood live onstage during their gig in San Francisco during April. The Metallica man picked up the sticks for set closer ‘Out Of The Black’.


Watch director Brett Morgen discuss Cobain: Montage Of Heck in a video interview below.