Stephen Hawking has chosen a new celebrity voice to replace his computer generated one!
All in the name of raising money for charity through Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day of course. The 75-year-old theoretical physicist and cosmologist also has a great sense of humor!
Hawking began using his trademark computerized voice 30 years ago. He required a prosthetic voice following his gradual physical deterioration from ALS. ALS is also known as motor neuron disease. With his extremely stoic attitude, he has enjoyed making it his trademark.
Many celebrities “auditioned” to be his replacement voice. Who would he choose? Liam Neeson promised that he would appear sexier if he would choose his voice. Hot tempered celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay told him he would be [email protected]#%ing crazy to not pick him.
Andrew Lloyd Webber tried to convince Hawking that his voice should become a song. And Stephen Fry was almost a promising choice until his secret became exposed!
Other hopefuls included Rebel Wilson, Kylie Minogue, Simon Cowell and even Miss Piggy. Even the Eddie Redmayne, who played Hawking in “The Theory of Time“, tried out. But who did he choose? You will have to watch to find out.
Great Sense of Humor
This isn’t the first time that Hawking has exhibited his great sense of humor. His stoicism despite his disability is inspirational. He has a stubbornness about not becoming controlled by the identity “disabled“. Instead, he retains control over his identity when he lends it to popular culture.
Hawking also appeared in different Comic Relief a sketch with comedians David Williams and Catherine Tate in 2015. In Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Live” stage show, he took part in an updated version of the “Galaxy Song“. In it, he flies through outer space in his wheelchair.
With such a strong sense of humor, you can see that his disability is a mere illusion to his true self.
And this has led him to take a strong interest in influencing comedy shows like “The Big Bang Theory“. Not only does he help clarify scientific information in the scripts occasionally, he has also appeared in an episode.
Also, he is good friends with comedic genius Jim Carrey. On an episode of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien“, Jim takes a staged phone call from Hawking. In the call, they compliment each other’s respective talents.
Hawking as An Icon of Science and Popular Culture
Even when Hawking was in university, he enjoyed larking around. He was a popular character, not only a genius. When he first developed ALS, he became very depressed. But ultimately, he owned his reality and has defied every odd imaginable.
On many occasions, he allowed his computerized voice to accompany an animated version of himself within the cult TV shows “Futurama” and “The Simpsons“. He really enjoys expressing his true self through these avenues. He is definitely not just a disability or even just a dull scientist!
People are always in awe when they meet him
Many celebrities have expressed that it has felt like meeting a rock star. He’s seen as a modern day Albert Einstein.
So iconic has Hawking become, that his life is now in film. In 2014, his ex-wife’s autobiography, “Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen” became a movie. It received many Oscars and Golden Globe nominations and awards, in the US. Likewise, it received awards and nominations in the UK’s British Academy Film Awards.
For someone who spends most of his time with his head in the galaxies, pondering black holes and how the universe began, Hawking is incredibly down to earth. He has a brilliant mind that is eons beyond any one of us. But he can still relate to us all through light-heartedness and laughter.