Dave Mustaine Interview Page 6
By Fredrik Hjelm

FH: Are you planning on getting more involved in acting?

DAVE MUSTAINE: If I get to play the villain, a killer, a terrorist...roles like that, why not? If I have to play some sentimental male, struggling with his sexuality, I would not do it! It's just easier for me to play the bad guy than to play the good guy, the hurting guy or those kinds of parts.

FH: Speaking of your martial arts expertise. In the past you've worked out with legend Benny "The Jet" Urquidez. How's your training these days?

DAVE MUSTAINE: I don't get to train a lot with sensei Benny at all, since he lives in California and I live in Arizona. Last time I had contact with him was when I was supposed to do a photo-shoot with Chono, the wrestler, in Japan. I asked him if he'd let me use his "gi"-top (martial arts uniform) which he did. Chono had put out a record in Japan called "Chono Metal", with some of our music on it. [Note: Chono is one of Japan's most famous professional wrestling superstars.] Sensei Benny goes with me everywhere, though, mentally, and has helped me out tremendously in the past when I've had personal struggles almost beyond my control.

FH: Your previous label Capitol, put a lot of pressure on you to write hit songs. Would you talk about that a little bit?

DAVE MUSTAINE: Well, they might not exactly have put pressure on us to write hit songs, but they were definitely not responding to some of the material we presented. After the incredible success with Countdown to Extinction we came out with Youthanasia which contains some really good material, but I guess Capitol just didn't know what to do with it. That was also at the point when people stopped listening to metal on the radio. When Cryptic Writings came out we mainly focused on dealing with that, to break into radio. When Risk came out, that was kind of a different sound for Megadeth, so we were dealing with alternative radio stations, as well as the regular ones. The only problem was that we were told that they couldn't play songs by a band named Megadeth on alternative radio! We even researched that by sending out "Insomnia" from Risk without the name "Megadeth" on it, and it turned out very well.

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