By Jim Schutze
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When it comes to rumors involving John Freeman, just assume it's true until you hear otherwise. Usually, no matter how strange or inexplicable it appears to be, any story that includes his name doesn't need to be checked out very thoroughly. By now, hearing that he has landed a gig as a cartoon character (or at least the voice of one) falls into the category labeled no kidding. And, yes, it's true. Freeman, or Rex Danger, if you want to get on his good side, has signed on to provide the voice of Mustard, a new villain on the Cartoon Network's Japanimation series Dragonball Z.
"It's typecasting, pretty much," Freeman says, laughing, referring to the purple, 50-foot-tall character's Viking-helmet-clad appearance. "I was born to do cartoon voices. It's about time someone finally recognized it."
Freeman has already voiced one episode of the series, which airs on the Cartoon Network every afternoon at 4. But if that's not enough Freeman for you, he will be performing at the Good/Bad Art Collective's annual Hallowmas on October 30 with N.I.B. (Nativity in Black), a -- what else? -- Black Sabbath cover group, which also features members of Light Bright Highway and Sodom and Gomorrah Liberation Front. (The band will also appear at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios on Halloween night.) In a reprise of last year's event, Freeman will play a set at Hallowmas with his Misfits tribute band The Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House as well. And while we're not sure whether the other band on the bill, Angels With Knives, includes Freeman, we wouldn't bet against it.
As for Freeman and Jon "Corn Mo" Cunningham's portrait-album project -- you pay them $500, they'll write and record a song about you -- they've now turned their attention to high school seniors looking for a better alternative to most senior songs. "They can sell candy or whatever to make the money," says Freeman, whose senior song was Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy." We only wish they were around when our fellow seniors were deciding to turn Boyz II Men's "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye" into our class' anthem. (Which, as it turned out, wasn't a completely accurate assessment of the situation.) Write John and Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org if you've got the cash and the ego.