Saturday 21 April 2018

Perry: Role inspired by Megadeth

Luke Perry plays a former rock star with a debilitating injury in The Beat Beneath My Feet
Luke Perry plays a former rock star with a debilitating injury in The Beat Beneath My Feet

Luke Perry has revealed how he based part of his role in The Beat Beneath My Feet on Megadeth's founder Dave Mustaine.

The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star plays a rocker who has to overcome his physical injuries and emotional issues in John Williams' drama, the only British feature film in competition at the Berlin Film Festival for a Crystal Bear award.

"I thought about the gentleman from Megadeth - Dave Mustaine," the 48-year-old actor said.

Like Luke's character, Dave, who also co-founded Metallica, was left unable to play the guitar after suffering severe nerve damage to his left arm and hand.

"He was a guy who had a lot of trouble in his life because of different issues. He got asked to leave one band and started up his own band. Something happened to his arm and he was challenged physically to play the guitar," Luke continued.

"I thought, 'There's something inside that guy that really drives him to overcome all those things and find his way back to making music.' So I wondered about that a lot when thinking about the challenges he had to overcome, so there may have been part of where that came from."

Luke had to learn how to play the guitar for the role.

"They had a gentleman there, who worked with me on a semi-daily basis, although I wasn't as diligent as I should have been, because I had a lot of other things to do," he admitted.

"I ultimately knew I wasn't going to get it and I would need to simulate it in a very realistic fashion. That was the trick. I love rock music, despite not being able to play it."

The Beat Beneath My Feet will open nationwide at PictureHouse cinemas from May 12.

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