Al Yankovic sees himself in Milo Murphy's Law character

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 April 2017
Al Yankovic

Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic says his 'Milo Murphy's Law' character is an "extension of my own personality", even though the character he voices is 13 years old

Weird Al Yankovic says his 'Milo Murphy's Law' character is an "extension of my own personality".

The 57-year-old Grammy-winning satirist - whose real name is Alfred Yankovic - voices the character of 13-year-old Milo Murphy in the Disney animated series and he was immediately drawn to Milo because he sees himself in him.

He said: "The show appealed to me exponentially more when I found out about the character they wanted me to play. Milo Murphy is a 13-year-old kid who's basically a walking jinx - but he's not a dour, mopey character. He learns to expect the unexpected and he turns every catastrophe into an adventure. He's a very positive kid with a very uplifting personality, and I think that it's an extension of my own personality. I like to think I'm optimistic and it's not a big stretch for me to channel my inner 13-year-old.

"Personality-wise, I like to think we are similar - but I don't think I was much of a walking jinx when I was 13 years old. Or now. Milo's more like the kid I wish I could have been. I certainly wasn't as high-spirited and positive when I was his age. I was fine, but Milo's the embodiment of a good attitude."

Christian Slater voices Elliot Decker, the arch-nemesis of Milo, in the upcoming animated series which will air on the Disney Channel starting April 3.

However, the pair have not had a chance to spend too much time together.

Al explained: "I'm almost always solo in the recording booth. For the first season of 'Milo Murphy's Law', I think I had one session with other voice actors - but that's it. For 99 per cent of the time, it's just me alone. That's the way I record my albums, so I'm used to it and I like it that way. There are no other actors alongside me."

'Milo Murphy's Law' follows the story 13-year-old Milo, a descendant of the Murphy's Law namesake and the personification of the law which says anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Elliot Decker is a volunteering school crossing guard and "self-proclaimed Safety Tsar" who spies on Milo as the boy embarks on turning catastrophe into adventure, as Elliot believes him to be a danger to the other people in the city.

'Milo Murphy's Law' airs on Disney Channel and DisneyLife from Monday 3rd April.

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