Werner Herzog has never heard of The Simpsons

But he's still going to lend his voice to it...

Batty German auteur Werner Herzog has taken another unexpected career diversion: he'll provide a guest voice on The Simpsons.

Although, despite the fact the iconic animation has sat atop the pop-culture throne for the last 20 years, the Fitzcarraldo director has never heard of Springfield's first family.

Herzog said of the situation: "I was very surprised when they approached me because I thought The Simpsons was a newspaper cartoon.

"So when they called, I said, 'Do a voice? I don't understand, it's a TV programme?' They thought I was joking... but I was not."

He's known for immersing himself completely in his filmmaking projects: perhaps this is how Homer and co have eluded him for so long.

Although he works primarily as a director, Herzog has acted before. Check out his role in Robin Williams' misguided after-life adventure What Dreams May Come for evidence.

We can't wait to see what he'll do on The Simpsons...

Looking forward to Herzog's visit to Springfield? Reckon he'll undertake a penetrating, eye-opening analysis of its inhabitants that'll change our perception of them forever? Comment now...


    • BruceShark

      Apr 1st 2011, 10:20

      can't twig if this a april fools joke or not

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    • kimsala

      Apr 1st 2011, 10:35

      It must be.....

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    • MaxTJL

      Apr 1st 2011, 13:59

      This is actually legit. He plays the head of a pharmaceutical company, it's been aired in the States already. We're just behind the times when it comes to getting The Simpsons. Sigh.

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    • Ali1748

      Apr 1st 2011, 23:49

      Herzog was shot while being interviewed by Mark Kermode.

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Apr 2nd 2011, 16:29

      The footage of that is brilliant. No medical attention then he continues the interview.:)

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