Police Academy's human sound effect set for Edinburgh - Michael Winslow interview
2011 Fringe debut from actor best-known for iconic 80s comedies
This article is from 2011.
It’s been 27 years since the first film, yet Michael Winslow is still roundly known as ‘that guy who made the noises in Police Academy.’ Though Police Academy 8 is mooted for next year, he’s unperturbed by the enduring connection to the movie series. ‘Things are developing because they actually know my name now, before it was just “the noise guy”. I was in, of all places, Newcastle, Australia,’ he notes., slipping in to the accent of course, ‘and this guy walks up to me and says, “Excuse me Mr Murphy, welcome to Australia.” I said [adopts Eddie Murphy’s vocal rhythms in Shrek] “Huh huh, that’s funny! Thanks a lot!” I felt like Donkey!’
Despite occasionally being mistaken for Murphy, Winslow (who also appeared in sci-fi comedy Spaceballs and was the voice of Stripe, the evil Mogwai, in Gremlins) has toured his live show featuring stories liberally peppered with noise and musical impressions extensively in Europe, where he’s also moved into TV and film. ‘I started making German comedies; those were fun so I ended up being over there more and more and then Italian films happened and other things too. After a while it just developed into a great relationship.’
Though he’s been to Scotland before this is his first time at the Fringe. Looking forward to it? ‘Oh absolutely. I’ll be part-tourist and part-recording machine so I’ll be listening. I just know that every time I came out to Scotland the food was wonderful. Shhh, crackle, crackle,’ he says doing an uncanny impression of something being lowered into hot fat. Just how does he do that?
Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0844 545 8252, 6–29 Aug (not 16), 8pm, £12–£14 (£11–£13). Previews until 5 Aug, £6.50.