Butler County sheriff Richard Jones talks about his movie debut in Zac Efron’s Ted Bundy film

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones with Metallica lead signer James Hetfield during filming of Ted Bundy biopic movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron. SUBMITTED

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Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones with Metallica lead signer James Hetfield during filming of Ted Bundy biopic movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron. SUBMITTED

After introducing himself to producers of the Ted Bundy movie last year while they were scouting locations in the Butler County, Sheriff Richard Jones was asked to join the cast and bring his hat.

Less than a month from now, the movie “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” with Jones’ appearance in an interrogation room with Bundy, played by Zac Efron, will be released. Jones’ role gained attention earlier this year when a trailer was released in which he appears.

Lead singer James Hetfield of the band Metallica also appears in the scene as a sergeant. The scenes in the interrogation room where shot in Kenton County. When Jones arrived in his black hat, wardrobe replaced his tie and watch, then he waited for his scene.

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“I was talking to his guy in a police uniform. He is taller than me. He’s got tattoos all over his knuckles and neck and he is in a police uniform,” Jones said. “I asked him what he did for a living, and he said he was in a heavy metal band.”

After noticing the man had an entourage and people were taking pictures with him, Jones was told it was Hetfield.

“I looked over at (Maj. Mike Craft) and said ‘Well, who … is Metallica?’ Jones said, laughing, “He didn’t know either.”

Jones posed for a picture with Hetfield in their police outfits and sent it to his son and daughter.

“Her response was, ‘What a waste of a picture. Dad doesn’t know who … he’s standing next to,” Jones said.

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Jones’ part was that of intimidation in the interrogation room. After a bag of tools are slammed on the table in front of Efron, he leans in and says, “you are lying.”

During the filming of several scenes, Jones and Craft offered some law enforcement procedure pointers to the producers, including how to handcuff and proper procedure for lineups. Jones said he also had a small speaking part during a lineup scene.

Jones said it was an interesting experience, but tedious and a lot of standing around. He made about $800 for his efforts and is eligible for a Screen Actors Guild card.

It was his presence, height and and cowboy hat that got him the part, he said.

“They (producers) they are from California, it was very clear they didn’t like anything I stood for,” he said. “But they wanted me in the movie and they told me to make sure I wore my hat.”

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