Being Eddie Munson has its privileges! So says the actor Joseph Quinn, who portrays the teenage metalhead on Netflix Stranger Thingsrevealed to Jimmy Fallon during his The Tonight Show late night debut. In fact, if it weren’t for his breakout character, Quinn might not have made it The Tonight Show at all.
As the actor told NBC’s late-night host, “I got stopped at immigration yesterday. Ever been to secondary [inspection]? It wasn’t that fun.”
The British actor had flown to the US for a TV appearance and he revealed about his entry into the country: “I was taken into, I guess you could call it more of a dungeon. And I was told to wait there in about 20 minutes, and then I was called to this desk where someone asked me, ‘What are you doing in the United States, sir?’ I said, ‘I’m actually here to meet Jimmy Fallon next The Tonight Show.’ And he didn’t believe me.”
But luckily, another customs agent recognized the actor and told his colleague: “Leave Eddie alone!”
Quinn relayed to Fallon, “And then [the interviewer] said, ‘Who are you?’ And I thought, ‘Oh, I don’t know.’ And [his colleague was] like, ‘That’s Eddie from Stranger Things!’ And he said, “You’re Eddie Munson?” I was like, ‘Sort of.’ He said, ‘Are you coming back next season?’ I said, ‘Uh, I don’t know,’ and he said, ‘You better,’ and gave me my passport.
Munson was the Season 4 breakout character of the popular series, which also brought metal into the spotlight thanks to his look as well as his guitar riffing skills rock out to Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” in Upside Down. The character’s fate is certainly a hot topic among fans ahead of Season 5.
As Quinn later told Fallon, playing Metallica in the finale’s defining scene “nerve wrecking,” but also “pretty amazing.” I was nervous, but it was kind of like a rock concert,” says the actor. “And I got to feel like a rock star for a night. And it was pretty good.”
Joseph Quinn tells Jimmy Fallon about how ‘Eddie Munson’ helped him through immigration
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