According to Entertainment Weekly, the voice of JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford wil be featured in an episode of the animated series “The Simpsons”, set to air sometime next year. The episode will also star Will Arnett, director Judd Apatow, and his frequent costars Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.
Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman tells Entertainment Weekly that in the episode, titled “Steal This Episode”, Homer is taught by Bart how to illegally download films, and he starts screening them in his backyard for folks in Springfield. “Even though Homer is stealing, he’s doing it for the community, he’s doing it out of the goodness of his heart,” says Selman. An overzealous FBI director in charge of anti-piracy subsuqently goes after Homer, andHalford winds up singing a parody of the JUDAS PRIEST classic “Breaking The Law” in an effort to nab Homer.
In 2002, Halford had a small film role as a pornographic video store clerk in “Spun”, a crime comedy-drama dark-comedy directed by Jonas Åkerlund, who has helmed music videos for some of the biggest pop and rock artists in the world. Rob told Screamer Magazine earlier this year: “I had a fantastic opportunity to work on that ‘Spun’ movie with Mickey Rourke. And to watch Mickey Rourke, I just don’t know how he does it. He just switches it on, and he’s a different person almost. That’s the great challenge that these actors have. It’s not easy, but these actors make it look easy because they are so good at what they do.”
Given a chance to act again, Halford said that he would certainly consider it. “I never say no to anything,” he said. “I think if you do, you don’t know what you’ve missed. I think you should try everything in life. If it doesn’t work out, then at least you can say you’ve tried it. There’s nothing worse than having regrets. If life affords you an opportunity and you can go for it, then you should.”