Napalm Death frontman Barney Greenway has revealed that the Birmingham-based grindcore pioneers are set to make their acting debut in tomorrow night's episode (February 3) of the E4 teen drama Skins.
While the band will be featured performing live in a forthcoming episode, Barney's personal dreams of heading to Hollywood were dashed during the editing process.
"When the producers first submitted the idea, they had me down to play this Axl Rose type character," laughs Barney. "I told them we haven't got our heads up our arses and there's no way that we'd behave that way. I had a scene with the character Rich [Hardbeck, played by 17-year-old Alex Arnold]. He's a metal fan and I tell him to think for himself. Unfortunately, they gave [the scene] the big snip by the sounds of it. It was a good experience, but I don't think I could act my way out of a paper bag!"
Barney reveals that the band have fielded offers to appear on various television shows over the years but agreed to appear on the show because of its realistic depiction of teenage life.
"One thing that bothers me about TV is the way that teenagers are portrayed," says the vocalist. "It's down to the fucking Daily Mail's war on teenagers. They stigmatise young kids and it's bullshit. The thing I like about Skins is it gives a genuine perspective on growing up. That's why we agreed to do this show."