Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who committed suicide on July 20, also tried his hand at acting. He appeared in three films, Crank, Crank: High Voltage and Saw 3D: The Final Chapter. Here’s a look at his roles in these films.
Bennington appeared in both Crank films with Jason Statham, playing two different roles. In the first, seen above, he has a scene in a hospital pharmacy, where he tells Statham’s Chev Chelios that he can get the kind of adrenaline he needs from an over-the-counter nasal spray. Bennington’s role in that film is listed as “Pharmacy Stoner.” He also had a cameo role in 2009’s Crank: High Voltage as “Hollywood Party Guy.”
Saw 3D: The Final Chapter
Saw is a horror franchise known for pushing the boundaries of what audiences can take. In Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, Bennington played a white skinhead named Evan. Bennington told Kerrang! magazine in 2010 that he was a big fan of the franchise.
“What I love about the Saw films is the incredible brutality,” Bennington said. “This is more than (Halloween killer) Michael Myers stabbing people. This is drawn-out, psychological torture where you have to hurt yourself, but it’s really hard to pretend to be in agony when you’re not feeling any pain.”
Bennington, who was open about his own struggles with injuries and drug abuse, said that he knew what real pain felt like and that helped him in his scene. He also told Kerrang! that the scene made his wife, Talinda Ann Bentley, puke.
“Let’s just say that my wife and I have watched all of these movies together, and she was very close to puking when she watched me film my scene. It’s f**king horrible,” he told the magazine in 2010.
Bennington told MTV News that he got the part because Saw producer Mark Burg lived next door to another member of Linkin Park. Bennington told MTV:
“I love the movies, so [I’m] very enthusiastic about it. And so, he was like, ‘This is going to be so great. Chester’s going to be so stoked that you’re my neighbor. He loves the movies.’ And from that conversation, Mark then said, ‘Well, do you think he’d want to be in one of the movies?’ The answer was a ‘F— yeah, are you kidding? I want to do that.’ So that’s how it evolved, and eventually this role came along and kind of fit.”
In an interview with Billboard, Bennington said the other members of Linkin Park made fun of him because he was so enthusiastic about getting the role. “The guys in the band laugh at me because my wife and I are so enthusiastic,” Bennington said.
Bennington once dreamed of becoming an actor before he decided to switch gears and become a singer.
“When I was younger, I did a lot of theater and was actually training myself to become an actor, taking courses in TV and film,” he told Billboard. “I traveled in a theater group during the summer in between school and performed in different places around the country.”
Bennington’s death was first reported on TMZ. The site reported that he was found hanging by an employee. His family was out of town and he was alone at the time. He is survived by his second wife, Talinda, and his six children. He was 40 years old.