In the world of show business, you know you’ve made it to the big time when you’re offered the chance to star as yourself in a blockbuster movie or major network TV show. For non actors, cameo roles are not only a chance to experience a little bit of Hollywood, but are often a reward for a hard lifetime of work in their chosen sphere.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is no stranger to the big screen, having played himself in everything from Iron Man 2 to Machete Kills and more recently Transcendence. But as any Gen Xer will tell you, the real measure of your status in the world is when you get offered a cameo role on everyone’s favourite animated TV show The Simpsons.
What’s more, as announced this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, Tesla Motors’ larger-than-life CEO will play a pivotal role in an all-new episode due to air this season called The Musk Who Fell To Earth. Naturally, Musk will be providing his own vocal talents to the episode to complement his immortalisation in yellow.
Now in its twenty-fifth year and about to start Season 26, The Simpsons has made a tradition of involving famous actors, celebrities and even politicians in its madcap antics. While The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and his production team always offer the actual celebrity first refusal to voice themselves in the show, they can’t — or don’t — always provide their vocal talents to the show. On this occasion however, Al Jean, executive producer and showrunner of The Simpsons confirmed that Musk will be playing himself.
According to information gleaned from ComicCon, Elon Musk is due to arrive in Springfield some time during Season 26, and will lock horns with everyone’s favourite evil Nuclear Power Plant owner Charles Montgomery Plantagenet Schicklgruber Burns (Mr. Burns for short), something which will not only make a mark on the centenarian billionaire’s ego but also leave him completely stripped of his fortune.
The other details of the episode are a closely-guarded secret, but with the real-world Musk known for his preference of solar power over nuclear fission, we’re suspecting energy and electric cars play a part too.
After all, what else would Elon Musk use to arrive in Springfield other than his very own Tesla Model S?
While we’ll have to wait until the episode airs to find out, the prospect of a Tesla Model S appearing alongside Musk in The Simpsons did cause us to stop and ponder the many times electric cars have been seen in the long-running family show. We know, for example, that well-known actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. made one of two cameos in The Simpsons driving an electric car powered by his own “sense of self-satisfaction.”
In season 11, Homer drives the Elec-Taurus — a GM EV-1 look-alike — just to get a free prize. While his family seem impressed by the car, Homer destroys it by driving it underwater.
Then, in season 14, Homer and Bart take a ride in an ‘electric car’ fairground-style ride sponsored by oil companies in which their anti-electric car attitudes are mocked.
But will Season 26 be the season in which we see a Tesla Model S? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and let us know if we’ve missed any other electric car appearances in The Simpsons‘ twenty-five year existence.
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