Well, as we know, there’s very little TV from America that’s really worth following, especially compared with what’s coming out in Britain, but as a long-time fan of Thomas Harris’ serial killer novels, I make an exception for Bryan Fuller’s new reimagining of the Hannibal Lecter mythos, Hannibal. Why am I bringing this up? Because showrunner Bryan Fuller wants none other than David Bowie to play a role in the show.
Of course, it should be noted that Bowie does act occasionally; Indeed, in the ten years that passed in between his last two albums, he performed in four films and did a voice for SpongeBob SquarePants. But, if he accepts this, he may have his first regular role on a television series as Hannibal Lecter’s uncle Count Robert Lecter.
Quoth Bryan Fuller: “We have reached out to David Bowie to see if he’s interested and available, We would love for him to play Hannibal’s uncle, who is a character from the literature and in the books.” It should be noted that in the books, he was murdered by the Nazis. However, since this is an alternate continuity, Fuller said, “Since our timeline is a little more present, there’s a little bit of JJ Abrams-style alternate universe storytelling where he could still be alive.”
However, Fuller said that “we don’t have an answer [from Bowie] yet”.
It should be noted that his sole public appearances in all this time have come from his videos for “The Next Day,” “Where are We Now?”, and “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).” But there’s been zero indication of if or when he’ll perform.
Despite the apparently Salingerian lengths to which Bowie has gone to avoid having to do any publicity for the album, on-again-off-again guitarist Earl Slick insists that there’s no conspiracy about live dates; just nothing scheduled.
Quoth Earl Slick: “I get asked all the time. And I say ‘Do you know something I don’t know?’ Really though, there’s no big secret we’re keeping from everyone. There’ll definitely be no shows this year, I can tell you that. As for next year, who knows? There’s no conspiracy about a tour now, there just is no tour, and that’s all I got for you. As for whether I want him to tour, well, I always want to go out, I love to tour, but I’ve got my own thing going at the moment too. If he goes out on the road and I get the call, then all well and good. At the moment, and let’s be clear on this, there is no conspiracy about a tour, there are no surprises, there is just no tour.”
Recently, Earl Slick performed “Double Fantasy” with Yoko Ono at this year’s Meltdown Festival and Put in an appearance on the John London Educational Bus that had stopped there.
When asked about the bus, he said: “Had something like this been around when I was 15 I would have moved into it. I’d have pitched up with a bed and called it my house. It’s great in here, and the stuff that’s in here most people are using to record on anyway. The only thing it doesn’t have is a big room for an orchestra.”
But, hey, if Bowie really ends up not touring, then he’s still got a project of his own lined up called Earl Slick and Friends. Quoth Earl Slick : “It’s going to be a live show where I’m getting some of my favourite people together and we’re taking that on the road for a short tour. I want to start in the States and go elsewhere. It’s more an interactive thing, like a living room on stage and I’ll get my favourite singers to come and join us. It’ll be a different show in each city, we’re just going to invite whoever can get to each show in whatever city. We’re going to play the music I love to do, it’s all about fun.”
Edit: This is my 150th article to be published.