Harry Shearer, star of Spinal Tap and voice behind The Simpsons’ Mr. Burns, Smithers and Ned Flanders, has spoken to STV about future plans for both of those huge hits.
Better known for his acting and radio work, Shearer was at the Glasgow Film Festival to promote new documentary The Big Uneasy - which looks at why New Orleans was so ill-prepared for Hurricane Katrina, and which he talked to us about in the other section of this interview.
After discussing that, we asked him a couple of questions about The Simpsons and Spinal Tap, and it turns out Shearer is set to still be a hugely busy man over the next few years.
He said of The Simpsons: “This is season 23 we’re about to start. I think if I’m them – and I’m clearly not them – I think I’d want to get to season 25 as a convenient landmark. To say we’ve done 25 years, that’d be nice.”
Then there’s the legendary Spinal Tap – the fictional metal band in which Harry Shearer stars as bassist Derek Smalls – who reformed last year and released Back from the Dead as well as playing several live shows. Shearer replied of that experience: “[It was] better than dead! Back from the dead is better than dead...
“We played Glastonbury and Wembley Arena last year, and nobody ever said it’s not fun to play dumb music really loud. It’s fun for Chris and Michael and me to play, whether it’s the three of us playing acoustic music alone in our living rooms, or onstage in front of thousands of people real loud.
“I’m looking forward to doing more of that. I’m looking forward to a Spinal Tap tour where at least two of us are in wheelchairs.”
He added: “There are no plans yet. There are hopes and dreams.”
And any more Christopher Guest movies in the pipeline? Shearer replied: “Rumours swirl about that, and I can’t quite pin him down about that.
“I know he’s thinking about some movie project, but I don’t know whether it’s going to be one of ‘those’, or something else, but I certainly hope it’s one of ‘those’ because then we get to be all together again."
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