Someone pass the salad!
In order to get Sir Paul McCartney to voice his yellow look-alike on “The Simpson’s” the writers had to agree to turn Lisa into a vegetarian and promise she would never eat meat again, the Huffington Post reported.
McCartney himself has been a vegetarian for more than 30 years.
Apu, voiced by Hank Azaria, joined the Simpson-ized Paul and his then-wife Linda in the season seven episode in which the trio convinces the precocious Simpson to ditch meat for good.
Paul McCartney said he would only do the show if they promised Lisa would never eat meat again.
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“I think it was really cool that he stuck that in,” Azaria told the Huffington Post. “I can tell you, over the years, they were tempted a bunch of times to have Lisa break her vegetarian vows.”
The episode, appropriately titled “Lisa the Vegetarian,” aired in 1995 and focused on the ridicule Lisa faced after opting for a plant-based diet.
“You don’t win friends with salad!” the Simpsons chant at her in the episode.
But McCartney’s promise that “if you play ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ backwards, you’ll hear a recipe for a really ripping lentil soup” was enough to help Lisa shut down her haters.
In spite of their consideration to end Lisa’s long-term commitment to vegetarianism, Azaria said he’s fairly confident the eldest Simpson daughter will stick to her greens.
He explained that “they made a vow to Sir Paul. No, you don’t break a knight’s vow. As we’ve learned from ‘Game of Thrones,’ you do that at your own risk.”