'The Simpsons' actor Harry Shearer reveals his favourite character

'The Simpsons' actor Harry Shearer has revealed his favourite character, and single line, from th...
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Jack Quann

17.34 13 Aug 2020

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'The Simpsons' actor Harry She...

'The Simpsons' actor Harry Shearer reveals his favourite character

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'The Simpsons' actor Harry Shearer has revealed his favourite character, and single line, from the iconic show.

He voices dozens of different people in the show, including Mr Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders and Principal Seymour Skinner.

On his work on 'The Simpsons', he told The Hard Shoulder: "It's like a job."


"You don't think about all that cultural impact and stuff - it's what you do".

"It feels very much like it did the first few weeks when we were doing these shows.

"One doesn't approach it with the stern duty of living up to a cultural heritage decades-long or any of that stuff.

"It's just 'here's this week's show, let's try to make it as good as we can'".

"To me it's still a thing I do every week to try to be as funny as I can - or as believable as I can, or a combination of the two - with the scripts that come to me.

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"I don't feel that weight... I feel more personally about stuff like that if it's stuff that I've helped create, like Spinal Tap".

He also revealed that C Montgomery Burns is his favourite 'Simpsons' character.

Asked about his favourite line from Mr Burns, he said: "The line that just sort of stays with me is just one I think everybody has in their head which is the threat that Burns hangs over the people who work for him, his minions, which is 'release the hounds'.

"It's such an old fashioned way of dealing with your enemies".

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Trump and the US

A new series of songs by the actor and singer, who is also known for his work with 'Spinal Tap', is taking aim at US President Donald Trump.

He said: "I'd been writing songs about, and in the voice of Donald Trump, for my weekly radio show in the States for the last three years.

"And in the beginning of this year I realised 'Wow, I've collected a bunch of them - maybe the best of them would make a good record'.

"The ones on the radio show are basically like demo-versions.

"So I went in the studio with a friend of mine, who's my producer, and we did serious recordings with musicians and everything.

"And we're releasing one a week: 'Son-in-Law' was the first one, the second one is about the president migrating back and forth between ridiculous optimism and ridiculous pessimism about the current pandemic - called 'COVID-180'.

"But 'Son-in-Law' was the first's about his daughter's husband, Jared Kushner, who's a special adviser to the president, and whose range of expertise spreads wide enough to cover his lack of competence in almost every field.

"So he is the Middle East peace adviser - that's gone well so far - he's the pandemic adviser - and that's really been a roaring success.

"It's a pay-in to a man who's accomplishments have yet to be discovered".

"I have a range of wonderful guests in 'Son-in-Law', which as you know is based on an old New Orleans song called 'Mother-in-Law'.

"It was the one song in the record that was recorded down in New Orleans".

Shearer was also a political intern and covered the Watts Riots for Newsweek.

The 1965 uprising in Los Angeles left 34 people dead and hundreds of businesses looted over the course of six days.

Comparing this to the Black Lives Matter movement, Shearer suggested: "Watts and the later events in Los Angeles in 1992 - following the Rodney King arrest - were spontaneous combustion.

"I think what's happened this year has been, also spontaneous, but the build up of an incredible run of fairly-well publiscised incidents in which police killed unarmed black men.

"I guess the difference I'm trying to pinpoint is Watts and the Rodney King events were sparked by one moment - and this has been a build-up, an accumulation, of moments that go back five or six years now.

"And behind them, we know are dozens more such incidents that didn't happen to make the news - but as you dig deeper you see 'Oh my God, this is happening all over the place'".

Main image: US actor Harry Shearer attends "This Is Spinal Tap" 35th anniversary screening at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Picture by: Robin Platzer/Twin Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

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