LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe has spoken about his role in a Taiwanese action movie being made by metal band CHTHONIC. He tells Germany’s EMP Rock Invasion (see video below): “My friends in this band CHTHONIC, they’re a Taiwanese band — they’re really big in Taiwan and they’re pretty political, they’re very pro Taiwanese independence. Because China still claims ownership of Taiwan, basically. And that goes all the way back to Chinese civil war when Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong were fighting. My friends are very pro Taiwanese independence, and I don’t blame them. I think every country should have the ability to govern itself. The people who govern it should be the people who live there, right? That’s what you think.”
He continues: “Freddy [Lim], their singer, e-mailed me one day, and he was just, like, ‘Hey, man. We’re making an action movie. Do you wanna be in it?’ And I’m, like, ‘Yeah.’ I didn’t ask him what it was about or anything. I’m just, like, ‘Yeah. Yeah, I do.’ I mean, I obviously didn’t do it for the money — I didn’t make much money — but I did it ‘cause it’s awesome to be in a kung fu movie.”
According to Blythe, he plays “a sort of an exaggerated, more ‘rock star’ version” of himself in the movie, which contains “a lot of action, kung fu fighting, comedy and politics.” He says about his role in the film: “I was in a riot, I got beat up by the cops, I ran from the cops.”
The LAMB OF GOD frontman became friends with the members of CHTHONIC when both bands played at Ozzfest in 2007. Since then, he’s performed with them in Taiwan and he and his wife have spent time there on holiday.
LAMB OF GOD’s seventh full-length album, “VII: Sturm Und Drang”, was released on July 24 via Epic in the U.S. and Nuclear Blast Entertainment in all territories outside of North America.