"Mission to Lars" Documentary Hitting Select Theaters and On Demand

August 20, 2015

Almost everyone has a favorite rock star, actor, sports figure, etc. that they would want to meet. But how many of us would actually make it our mission to sit down and have a conversation with said person? That's where we meet Tom Spicer, a longtime Metallica fan from Exmouth, England, who is diagnosed with a form of autism called Fragile X Syndrome. It has been Tom's dream to meet Metallica's drummer Lars Ulrich. With the help of his siblings, Kate (a journalist) and Tom (a filmmaker) they create a documentary surrounding his transatlantic journey to help make Tom's dream come true.

"We had this fantasy of hitting the road with Tom and recreating some of the magic of our teenage years cruising around in Â£100 cars, eating Burger King and listening to heavy metal on the tape deck," said Kate. "We thought it would be fun, bonding. We wanted to do something good for our brother. We were also sick of him endlessly asking."

In an interview with NME, Ulrich said he found the film "deeply moving." He added, "It's not something we're directly involved in, it's their film, their journey, but we're supportive of their endeavour. We don't want to take it over and have it turn into some kind of vanity project. It's a great testament into a world I didn't know much about, and a great testament to the importance of music and what it means to different people."

Profits earned from the film are donated to the Menap charitable organization.

(source: Loudwire)