George Clooney seems like a pretty down-to-earth and cool guy. For example, did you know that without George we probably would never have had “South Park”?
It’s true. Back in the early 1990s George received a VHS copy of a home-made animated short called “The Spirit of Christmas” that was made by two recent film school kids from Colorado named Trey Parker and Matt Stone. George thought the short was so funny that he made 300 copies and sent them around to his Hollywood friends. One of those friends was a guy named Doug Herzog. Just a year earlier Doug had been named President of a struggling cable network called Comedy Central. Herzog reached out to Matt and Trey and the rest is history.
When asked how they could repay the favor to show their gratitude, George asked to voice a character in an episode. Keep in mind that at that time George was the most-famous television star in the world in the mid-1990s thanks to his role of Dr. Doug Ross on “ER.”
Matt and Trey called George into their studio and had him lay down a few “barks.” Their idea for the best way to use George Clooney’s talents was for him to voice the role of Stan’s dog Sparky. In the episode Sparky barks a few times. It could have been anyone on the planet, it was actually George Clooney.
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