The Simpsons kicked off its historic 33rd season this past weekend – basically every new season is an historic one at this point – and the big premiere episode featured a guest star that has become one of Hollywood's most fan-friendly actors: Stranger Things star David Harbour. Titled "Undercover Burns," the installment utilized Harbour's vocal talents in quite a unique way, where he played Mr. Burns attempting to adapt a new personality around the power plant. And as it turns out, he landed the role thanks to one Simpsons writer's longtime fandom.
CinemaBlend recently spoke with The Simpsons scribe and F Is for Family creator Michael Price, and he told me how he basically spearheaded the oft-mustachioed David Harbour for his big Simpsons debut, from the initial ask to the recording itself. Here's how he explained getting in contact with Harbour in the first place, which involves a pretty amazing anecdote about Ian McShane.
Granted, not everyone on the planet is able to produce a platinum-studded conversation started like "I write for The Simpsons," but Michael Price's story is a good example of how fan encounters can produce some amazing and unexpected results. David Harbour also seems like the kind of benevolent celeb who might lend his voice to a random high school kid's stop-motion LEGO video if he didn't already have something to do that day, because he's awesome in that way. (Probably don't send him any of those requests, though.)
Seriously, though, how amazing would it be to just hear Ian McShane on the Hellboy set quoting Ralph Wiggum all day long? "I'm learnding my Trevor Bruttenholm lines right now!" Classic Ian McShane behavior that I only just found out about.
Michael Price continued his story about bringing David Harbour onto The Simpsons below.
That had to be a treat for Michael Price to be the one directing David Harbour's vocal performance for the episode. Assuming, of course, that he didn't make warlord-esque threats against his fellow Simpsons colleagues in order to make it so. I'm sure he's far too nice for that kind of behavior, but then I'm also sure working with the hilariously hot-headed Bill Burr on F Is for Family for four seasons (so far) has to rub off in some way.
True to Price's word, David Harbour's performance on The Simpsons was pretty great, and it was enjoyably weird to hear some of Mr. Burns' signature dialogue skills coming from a very different voice and face. It was, as one might say, ehhhxcellent. [Taps fingertips together.]
As it has done for many years in the past, The Simpsons airs Sunday nights on Fox at 8:00 p.m. ET. While waiting for the next ep, head to our 2020 Fall TV premiere schedule to see what new and returning shows are coming soon. And don't forget to (eventually) check out David Harbour making his Marvel debut opposite Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow, which has been delayed until Spring 2021, as well as the return of Harbour's Hopper in Stranger Things' Season 4, which the actor has compared to the Indiana Jones franchise.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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