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Joseph Quinn Confirms Whether He Actually Played The Guitar During Eddie's Iconic Shredding Scene
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Joseph Quinn Confirms Whether He Actually Played The Guitar During Eddie's Iconic Shredding Scene

Eddie Munson became the unlikely hero of Stranger Things after the latest instalment dropped on Netflix

Stranger Things star Joseph Quinn has revealed whether or not he actually played the guitar during Eddie’s iconic season four scene, which saw the character take to the roof for an epic rendition of Metallica’s 'Master of Puppets'. 

Eddie Munson became the unlikely hero of the popular sci-fi series after the latest instalment dropped on Netflix, having sacrificed himself to draw the demobats away before dying in Dustin’s arms. 

But even before then, he’d become a firm fan favourite thanks to his sweet friendship with Dustin and, of course, his incredible rooftop guitar solo

Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson.

And it turns out Quinn, 29, was the person behind the shredding – well, sort of. 

Speaking about the scene in a new episode of the Off Menu podcast, Quinn told hosts James Acaster and Ed Gamble: “I’ll be totally honest with you: most of it’s me, and I’m doing the hands, the music hands... to make the music. The difficult music – the solo – they're not my hands.” 

Eddie's guitar solo in Stranger Things.

The actor, who has been playing the guitar since he was young, added: “So it’s kind of a little bit my hands, a little bit other, mystery hands.”

Quinn was later inspired to go and learn the whole song, with the Stranger Things writing team sharing a video of him nailing the hit after the episode was released, writing: "Practice makes perfect."

Acaster also brought up the moment before Eddie went up onto the roof, asking how it had been filmed – including whether or not a lighter prop guitar was used, and how many takes it had taken to sling the instrument over his shoulder in a swift movement.  

Quinn explained: “Real guitar. I can’t remember how many takes – not that many.” 

As for whether or not he ever dropped it, the actor continued: “Drilled the strap to the guitar so that we’d avoid that problem.” 

Earlier in the episode, Quinn also admitted he felt like a 'sociopath' doing Eddie's American accent, and that co-star Joe Keery - who plays Steve - had to reassure him that he was doing just fine.

Joe Keery and Joseph Quinn in Stranger Things.

"You feel like a sociopath – you just kind of go like, ‘Hey maaaan!’" Quinn said, giving an impression of his character.

“After a while I was so far down the rabbit hole, [I had] points of just being like, ‘Do I sound good? Do you like this? Do you like what I’m doing?’” 

He added: "I was talking to Joe Keery and at one point I honestly was so deep in it, and he was just like, ‘Dude, I can’t save you. I can’t save you, but I promise you it’s going to be fine.’” 

Watch season four of Stranger Things on Netflix now.

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Topics: Film and TV, Stranger Things