'Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea Makes a Surprisingly Sweet Disney Character — VIDEO
Fresh off their Superbowl halftime show alongside Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers are ready to head back to the studio for their eleventh album — but first, the group's bassist is stepping into the recording booth for a different reason: The ever-shirtless Flea will voice a character on a Disney Juniors show, "Sheriff Callie's Wild West" — which currently stars former pop princess Mandy Moore in the title role. Slated to appear in Friday's episode, "The Pie Thief," the rocker will portray the Milk Bandit, a black-masked cat who rolls into the town of Nice and Friendly Corners with wrongdoing on his mind. (But, y'know, G-Rated wrongdoing — I'd wager, stealing milk.)
Of course, this isn't the first time Flea has branched out into the wider world of entertainment — he's had a number of acting roles, including (my personal favorite) as one of the Nihilists in The Big Lebowski . But it still feels a little absurd to picture the blue buzz-cut sporting bassist standing in a recording booth and delivering lines like "I'll be outta your way, soon as I find me some milk!" with squeaky gusto. At least when he voiced Donnie on The Wild Thornberrys, his excitable proto-gibberish seemed somehow like the most rock 'n' roll voiceover job around; I wouldn't be surprised if he recorded those lines sans shirt.
Still, maybe Flea's onto something. A gig's a gig after all, and especially for a bassist who's almost exclusively a back-up singer, it might be nice to get his voice front and center. In fact, I'm convinced: Can someone scare up a role for Mark Hoppus on The Fairly Oddparents?
Meanwhile, Disney exclusively premiered a clip of the show to Rolling Stone. Check out Flea's Milk Bandit below: