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- Posted on Sep 7th 2012 11:05AM by Sarah Kurchak
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It's hectic, but that's just the way Bello likes things.
"I'm not a downtime kind of guy," Bello tells Spinner. "I get nuts when I'm home too long."
It's also appropriate, given that the making of Greetings, a film about the late Jeff Buckley's life-changing performance at a 1991 tribute show for his father Tim Buckley, was also a pretty wild and fast-paced adventure. The theatrically-trained Bello auditioned for the Richard Hell role, who also performed at that concert, on a Thursday and got the role the very next day. By the following Monday he was on set.
With no time to spare, the thrash metal pioneer set out to learn as much as possible about Hell.
"Thankfully, the internet exists," Bello says with a laugh. "I read up on Richard Hell. I did everything I possible could."
He also discovered that some of the film's crew members had worked with Richard on the original concert and talked to them at length about the experience.
"I asked them about all of his personality traits, little quirks and things you wouldn't think to ask, but I just wanted to know how he reacted to certain things, and music," he explains. "They had a lot of great stories."
In the midst of all of Bello's research and filming -- not to mention teaching himself to sing in French so that he could perform Tim Buckley's "Moulin Rouge" -- he had to steal away from the set to play the biggest show of Anthrax's career: a Yankee Stadium concert with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer as part of the Big Four tour.
Bello had a major scene to film the next morning, but the crew were willing to accommodate him. At least a little bit.