The actor looks back at his controversial "brownface" character in the 1986 comedy, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary.
Openly gay Cuban-American actor Tony Rodriguez recently landed the job of voicing one of the animated show's popular LGBTQ characters, Julio, with the help of the podcast "Gayest Episode Ever."
"Part of me feels like I need to go around to every single Indian person in this country and personally apologize," says the Emmy-winning actor, whose iconic show has grappled with the issue of "spoken blackface."
In a week of shows announcing that white actors would no longer voice Black characters, the long-running animated series has made its own casting change.
The actor didn't realise the character had come to be regarded as racist and went on to educate himself.
Hank Azaria has confirmed once and for all that he won’t be doing the voice of Indian American convenience-store proprietor Apu Nahasapeemapetilon anymore on “The Simpsons.”“I won’t be doing the voice anymore, that’s all we know. Unless there’s some way to transition it or something,” the “Brockmire” actor told reporters after the panel for his IFC series Thursday at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.“What they’re going to do with the character is their call, it’s up to them, they haven’t sorted that out yet,” Azaria said of “The Simpsons” team. “All we agreed on is that I won’t do the voice anymore. We all had made the decision together, we all feel it was the right thing and good about it,” he continued.Reps for the show declined to comment Friday.Also Read: Hank Azaria on Future of 'Brockmire': 'I Bet We Find Some Other Life for It'The character has long been a flashpoint for critics who see negative stereotypes given Apu’s very thick accent and his job running a convenience store. The fact that the character is voiced by Azaria, who is white, only fanned the flames — even leading to a 2017 documentary, “The Problem With Apu.”The actor spoke about the character on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in 2018, and an episode of “The Simpsons” that year tried — and failed — to quell criticism of the character.At the time, Azaria said he was willing to step down from the role to make things right. “My eyes have been opened,” he said on “Colbert.” “I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country when they talk about what they feel, how they think about this character, and what their American experience of it [is].”Read original story Hank Azaria Won’t Voice Apu ‘Anymore’ on ‘The Simpsons’ At TheWrap
Before recording a cameo on "The Simpsons," Mick Jagger apparently thought Hank Azaria was a production assistant on the show.
During Priyanka Chopra’s visit to the morning talk show Thursday, she revealed that the cartoon character “was the bane of my existence growing up."
Hank Azaria disagrees with the way "The Simpsons" recently handled the Apu controversy and said he'd be willing to stop doing the voice if necessary.
"Brockmire" star Hank Azaria, who is a contender in four Emmy categories, breaks down his character's meltdown in our "My Scene to Remember" series.
The first ever short, the roughly drawn “Good Night”, featured all your favorite family members trying to settle in for an evening’s rest. For three seasons, Homer and the gang appeared in these crude sketches on The Tracey Ullman Show before they jumped to their own primetime slot with the December 17th, 1989, premiere of The Simpsons.
They're why the Supporting and Guest Actor categories are now the toughest Emmy ballots to whittle down. Here, the top 20 character actors working in TV.
Things go wrong and Peet takes a beer can to the forehead. After a month of recuperation, she returns to film the scene but with a foam can, for safety.
Jim Brockmire — gifted baseball announcer, high-functioning alcoholic — is trying to regain his career after a very public meltdown he had a decade ago.
Hank Azaria has won Emmys for creating wonderful animated and live-action characters, and his latest — disgraced sportscaster Jim Brockmire — may be his best one yet. The titular figure at the center of IFC’s new comedy, Brockmire is a 1970s-style baseball announcer, complete with plaid jacket and a never-ending supply of pop-culture references he likes to drop into his play-by-play.
Warning: This interview contains spoilers for the “Rattus Rattus” Season 4 finale episode of 'Ray Donovan.'
Season 4 has found enemies Cochran and Ray (Liev Schreiber) working together on a very important project, and it’s led to some surprising, but truly delightful moments between the actors and the characters.
As the current season of Ray Donovan proceeds, the show gets better and better, even as Liev Schreiber’s Ray gets deeper and deeper into the dirtiest muck of life.
Who better to impart wisdom on young, impressionable minds than … celebrities?! Each year, the finest institutions across America enlist — and sometimes pay — the rich and famous to share words of wisdom with their students as they head out into the real world. This year, Matt Damon, Hank Azaria, James Franco, Harry Connick Jr., and Ryan Seacrest were among those to don the tassels.
Getting life lessons from Hank Azaria is cool and everything, but hearing from Moe Szyslak and Chief Wiggum is even cooler.