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David Lee Roth Plays Hit Man in New Short Film Posted Online

Image courtesy of Facebook.com/DavidLeeRoth (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/DavidLeeRoth (via ABC News Radio)

Van Halen has had quite a bit of downtime since cutting short its 2012 North American tour, and frontman David Lee Roth apparently has been using some of the extra time to indulge his interest in the dramatic arts.  The singer has posted a short, Quentin Tarantino -like film on his official YouTube channel in which he appears as a hit man.

The enigmatic five-minute flick, which is set in Japan and features only Japanese dialogue, opens with black-clad Roth walking in on what appears to be a private card game between three Asian men.  As Roth hangs out silently and ominously on the other side of the room, the gamblers sling vague threats and insults at him.  He soon leaves, only to reappear shortly thereafter wearing just a white cloth wrapped around his waist and holding a revolver with a silencer to the head of one of the card players.  David then declares in Japanese, "In the name of the Moon, I shall right wrongs and defeat all evil," or so the subtitle reads.

The film then cuts to show that the three gamblers have been killed, and ends with Roth walking away from the camera, revealing that he sports a dragon tattoo on his back.  As the credits roll, we find out that David is responsible for writing the story. 

While in Australia last month for Van Halen's performance at the Stone Music Festival, Roth revealed in an interview with the Brisbane Times that he's been living in Tokyo and spending time with a Japanese girlfriend who is "half my age."  Van Halen begin a new series of concerts with a run of four Japanese dates, beginning June 18 in Nagoya.

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