Al Yankovic sees himself in Milo Murphy's Law character

ICONINSIDER — 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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