WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear in The Simpsons 500th episode
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will voice the animated version of himslef in “The Simpsons” 500th episode airing February 19 according to a Fox network spokeswoman.
The report from Entertainment Weekly indicates Assange recorded the voice part over the summer.
Simpsons creator Matt Groening pushed for Assange to appear in the episode after hearing he was a fan of the show.
Casting director Bonnie Pietila was then dispatched to find Assange, who then recorded his lines in a location unknown the show’s producers.
According to episode’s description, Homer and Marge learn that residents of Springfield are holding a secret meeting to kick them out.
Thereafter the Simpsons are evicted from Springfield and join an off-the-grid community outside of town. But when Homer and Marge try to sneak back into Springfield, they meet with hostility from their former friends and neighbors, and begin to appreciate their new and more accepting home.
In the outside community the Simpsons meet Assange, and:
“The Simpsons go off the grid to this very rugged place where they meet [Assange\], who’s sort of their new Flanders,” explains Jean. And how, exactly, is he like pious neighbor Ned? “Well, he lives next door,” quips Jean. “The similarities end there … He invites them over for a home movie and it’s an Afghan wedding being bombed.”
The 500th episode follows a recent trend for the show’s 23rd season, poking fun at a variety of topics related to technology. In the last 3 months Angry Birds, Facebook and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs have all been featured on The Simpsons.