Elon Musk had a Sunday-night ritual in college — after a weekend of raging parties with roommates in the house they turned into an impromptu nightclub, he would settle in to watch The Simpsons.
“I had this lousy TV that was always fuzzy and made it really challenging to watch anything,” he said in an interview with Business Week.
“The only thing we would tune in for was The Simpsons every week.”
Now, the billionaire entrepreneur and head of Tesla Motors and SpaceX will be on the show himself. Musk is set to guest star on Sunday’s episode, titled “The Musk Who Fell To Earth.” He will play a fictionalized version of himself, who by chance happens upon Springfield and meets Homer.
In the episode, Elon Musk becomes partners with C. Montgomery Burns in an effort to electrify and modernize Springfield. Together, they create a community with self-driving cars and a working hyperloop, but it comes at a cost.
“Burns thinks it will make him a fortune, but it turns out that he’s going to lose $50 million a quarter,” said Al Jean, the head writer and show runner for The Simpsons.
“Musk, of course, thinks that’s fine. This leaves Burns so livid that he attempts to kill Musk.”
Though the ideas for Springfield may seem a bit pie-in-the-sky, it’s not far from the real things Elon Musk is trying to accomplish. He is actually trying to create a hyperloop, a cross-continental transportation system that would allow people to travel from New York to Los Angeles in one hour.
Musk now has plans to go further in the solar system, as well. He wants his space exploration company, SpaceX, to send people to Mars, where he envisions creating livable cities.
Even with his giant dreams, Elon Musk can still be impressed himself. The billionaire said that after spending his formative years watching The Simpsons, it is “kind of trippy” to be appearing on screen.
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