Details on Judd Apatow’s Simpson’s episode
This is a story for any struggling Girls-esque going-nowhere-fast-twenty-something-year-olds: Judd Apatow, when he was just starting out as a wannabe comedy writer in Hollywood, wrote a spec script for The Simpsons that no one at Fox even read.
The year was 1990, and with no Superbad, Bridesmaids, Knocked Up, Stepbrothers and so on to his name, the script Apatow penned for the only five episodes in cartoon sitcom was brutally rejected.
However, the failed breaking-the-biz Simpsons plotline will go into production next year – a crisp 23 years later – and in a promotional interview for his upcoming This Is 40 movie, Apatow detailed the episode’s plotline,“The first thing I ever wrote was a spec episode of The Simpsons. After only five Simpsons episodes aired, I sat down and tried to write one when I was in my early twenties. And what it was about was they went to see a hypnotism show and at the hypnotism show, they made Homer think he was the same age at Bart. And then the hypnotist had a heart attack. So now Homer and Bart became best friends and they spent the rest of the show running away because Homer didn’t want responsibility and didn’t want to be brought back to his real age. So I basically copied that for every movie I’ve made since.”
Well snaps for keeping at it, Judd! We will definitely be watching.
Other actors who frequent the Judd Apatow Hollywood circuit have made Simpson's cameos. Find them and what their cameo entailed in the gallery above. All images credit to Fox/ the Simpsons.