Henry Rollins has always been a multi-purpose icon. From fronting Black Flag to the Rollins Band to author and spoken word speaker and talk show host and other kind of show host to DJ to columnist, world traveler, etc., etc. And occasionally, he acts. He had bit parts in films like Johnny Mnemonic and Bad Boys II, and even a substantial role as neo-nazi AJ Weston in the TV series Sons Of Anarchy.
But that sort of thing is usually kind of like Michael Jordan’s baseball career. It’s not often that a musician like Henry Rollins* gets the shot to lead a picture, one that isn’t lame anyway, but this combination looks like a rare case: Rollins as the immortal Cain, as in the biblical Cain, the first human born, and the first to kill, if my memories from Sunday school serve me right. In this at least partially comedic “supernatural noir” story, he’s living in the modern day as a guy named Jack, who has even more reasons than Rollins does for that grumpy weariness that he can display as well as almost anyone.
* Who doesn’t look like Jared fucking Leto.