Metallica's James Hetfield Narrates Porn Addiction Documentary

Metallica's James Hetfield Narrates Porn Addiction Documentary

By David Konow 01/24/17

Addicted to Porn: Chasing the Cardboard Butterfly examines the impact of porn addiction in societies all over the world.

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Since getting sober 15 years ago, Metallica main man James Hetfield has been very open in the press about his battles with alcoholism. Now, Hetfield is narrating a new documentary about a different vice: Addicted to Porn: Chasing the Cardboard Butterfly.

Hetfield was interviewed for the 2010 documentary, Absent, also by director Justin Hunt, which dealt with childhood abandonment. Hetfield said that being in the film helped him come to terms with the pain of his father leaving the family when he was 13. “I really learned so much from this process, “ Hetfield told The Arizona Republic when Absent was first released. “When Justin asked me to be a part of this, I had no idea how much it was going to affect me, my family. My relationship with my son has definitely changed quite a bit.”

As Blabbermouth reports, Butterfly will examine the impact of porn addiction in societies all over the world. It will also take a look at how pornography affects the brain, how modern technology has made porn more accessible to young people, and how porn addiction can potentially destroy a family.

The film’s official website states that Butterfly deals with “what may well be one of the most devastating issues in modern culture,” and that this documentary “will break down the damage that porn is doing to us [as] a human race and leave you thinking that it’s clearly time that we start taking porn addiction a bit more seriously.” (In addition to re-teaming with Hetfield, Hunt has also previously tackled the subject of addiction, directing the critically-acclaimed 2007 documentary American Meth, which won a number of awards.)

In a 2014 interview with New Mexico in Focus, Hunt said, “When you’re talking about drugs, alcohol or pornography, you’re talking about a secondary element to the personality that’s triggered by something else lying beneath. I learned a lot about that doing a documentary about fatherhood and father wounds and how we self-medicate. I do see that in a lot of people that I’ve talked to that have dealt with addiction. A lot of it has to do with insecurity or being an introvert and being afraid of social settings.”

Hunt was inspired to take on this subject when he learned that a friend’s marriage fell apart because of her husband’s porn addiction. As Hunt continued, “I really didn’t think that was a legitimate issue until she really started explaining to me the magnitude of it, and the effect that it had on her as a person … What a learning experience [this film] has been since I’ve started.”

Addicted to Porn: Chasing the Cardboard Butterfly will be available on Video On Demand in April, and at select screenings throughout the U.S.

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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