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Anton Yelchin Talked Playing the Viper Room, Connecting Through Music in His Final ET Interview

by Raphael Chestang 5:03 PM PDT, June 20, 2016
Playing Anton Yelchin Talked Playing the Viper Room, Connecting Through Music in His Final ET Interview

Before his tragic death on Sunday, Anton Yelchin showed that he was a kind-hearted, multi-talented artist during his final interview with ET in April.

The actor, perhaps best known for his role as Chekov in the new Star Trek films, was also a gifted musician. He opened up about his punk band, The Hammerheads, during a sit-down that took place at The Viper Room.

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"We mostly played here Sundays at midnight," Yelchin revealed about the iconic West Hollywood landmark.

The actor described the midnight audience as "maybe one superfan, if we had one, or devoted fans from our very close group of friends that had nothing better to do on Sunday night."

Yelchin also opened up about his punk rock horror movie, Green Room, which follows a rock band that is forced into a vicious fight against a group of skinheads after witnessing a murder.

"The heartbreaking thing for me that I connected to is when you play music with your friends, you share something beyond and somehow grow closer," Yelchin said of the film. "The fact that all these kids get put in jeopardy is pretty brutal. It's a brutal experience."

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Green Room was widely released on May 13, 2016 and is Yelchin's final film appearance to be released prior to his death. He will also appeared in the next installment in the Star Trek series, Star Trek Beyond.

"There's this kind of dichotomy between how much fun we were having in Portland and how well everyone got along and what a great group of people it was, including our crew, and what would happen when we started getting to work," Yelchin said of filming the movie. "It was brutal."

Yelchin died on Sunday when his car rolled down his driveway and pinned him against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence at his home in Los Angeles. He was 27.

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