AW: You collect modern art and own dozens of paintings, including Jean Dubuffet and Jean-Michel Basquiat originals. What have you picked up lately?
with Kidman and Owen in Hemingway & Gellhorn
Actually, over the past couple of years I’ve been buying contemporary furniture — mostly mid-century tables, chairs and other pieces from Finland and Scandinavia. They’re artistic and they’re like sculptures, even though in essence they are practical objects. When you have three kids like I do, it’s kind of fun and crazy and a little perverse because you have all this incredible furniture in the house, but you have to have these conversations with your 5-year-old about why he can’t sit on any of it.
AW: How about your day job? Last year, Metallica released an album with punk progenitor Lou Reed and held a series of 30th-anniversary tribute “parties” in San Francisco. What’s coming up this year?
[Later this month], we’re curating a two-day festival near Atlantic City, N.J. There’ll be 25 to 30 bands, we’ll be headlining both nights, and there’ll be different elements reflecting each band member’s personal passions, like James Hetfield’s love of cars or my obsession with art films. The second thing is a 3-D movie we’re [shooting], culminating with a concert taking place in August. Hopefully, the movie will be released in the summer of 2013.
AW: With your busy music career, do you have plans to continue acting?
There’s absolutely nothing more that’s set on the acting horizon. Actually, all this music and all this acting isn’t even really what I do for a living — on days like today, it seems my full-time occupation is driving children around.