The filmmamker behind Metallica's groundbreaking 2004 documentary Some Kind Of Monster revealed that the band didn't want it shown that they offered bassist Rob Trujillo $1 million for joining the band. Loudwire reported that Joe Berlinger, who co-directed the fly-on-the wall film with the late-Bruce Sinofsky, were given free rein to make the movie they wanted — but admitted there were several instances where Metallica almost interfered.
Originally released on July 9th, 2004, Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster followed the band through the three most turbulent years of their long career, during which they battled through addiction, lineup changes, fan backlash, personal turmoil and the near-disintegration of the group during the making of their St. Anger album.
Berlinger appeared on the Greatest Music Of All Time podcast and said the band was less than thrilled with a preview of the doc: “It's a three-hours-plus screening. (There’s) literally not a peep through the whole screening — not a laugh, not a moment of recognition, just total silence. And it wasn’t feeling good. Lars (Ulrich) just kind of looks at me, pats me on the back and just kind of shakes his head. James (Hetfield) just kind of looks at me — like, this stare — and walks out. The management looked a little nervous.”