Derek Smalls and The Cucumber
Legendary comedic actor Harry Shearer celebrates his birthday on December 23. While most know him as the voices for Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Principal Skinner and Ned Flanders on The Simpsons, he’ll always be Derek Smalls, bassist for Spinal Tap.
When it comes to the iconic mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, many hilarious moments come via Smalls. However, he metal detector scene is just perfection.
For real, why on Earth would you wrap the cucumber in foil and then stuff it down your pants?! Love to know if anybody pulled a similar prank on airport security since the film’s release.
The Long Awaited Sequel to This is Spinal Tap
News of a long-awaited sequel to This is Spinal Tap was confirmed in May 2022 by Deadline. At that time, Spinal Tap II was slated for release in March 2024. Of course, the release has since been pushed back to an unknown date.
Reiner confirmed he’d be reprising his role of Marty DiBergi. Additionally, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest are on board as David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls and Nigel Tufnel, respectively. (No word yet on who has the unfortunate task of playing the drummer.)
As for the premise of the film, Reiner said it centers around a final concert of sorts. Spinal Tap’s manager, Ian Faith, passed away. His wife inherited a contract that stated the band still owed Faith one more concert. (In real life, actor Tony Hendra, who played Faith, died in March 2021 at age 79.)
Reiner’s DiBergi character documents the final concert, which is reportedly being shot in the style of Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz. In May 2022, Reiner told Deadline that DiBergi feels he owes it to Spinal Tap to capture this concert. He says the band was upset with the first film.
“When I heard they might get back together, I was a visiting adjunct teacher’s helper at the Ed Wood School of Cinematic Arts,” said Reiner. “I drop everything to document this final concert.”
In November, Reiner confirmed Paul McCartney and Elton John will make cameos in the sequel. In addition to cameos from Sir Paul and Sir Elton, country music icon Garth Brooks will also make a cameo in the sequel to the 1984 cult classic mockumentary. Reiner also mentioned that filming will begin in February.