The show also featured Gal Gadot, with the Israeli actor playing herself playing Lisa Simpson in the movie version of Bart’s experience. She also offers hamburgers to the crowd at the premiere, a reference to her appearance at the Academy Awards earlier this year.
In the episode, three Christian film producers buy the rights to “Bart’s Not Dead” from Homer Simpson – with one sight gag showing that when Homer and Ned Flanders attempt to write the screenplay, Flanders’ main source of inspiration is the book “Christian Story Structure” by someone called Izzy Goldberg.
Gadot is also one of the Jews seen at the show's "Jewish Heaven" conclusion, much to Bart’s surprise when he finally goes to meet his maker. Explaining her presence Gadot cheerily says, “They like me so much I get to visit.”
She is flanked by Joan Rivers, King David, Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky (Krusty the Clown’s deceased father), former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, Albert Einstein and legendary Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, all standing around chatting at the Jewish equivalent of the Pearly Gates.
Gadot, who now joins a long list of actors and celebrities providing guest voices for the long-running series, is also voicing a character in "Ralph Breaks the Internet" – the sequel to "Wreck-It Ralph." It is slated to be released on November 2.
The "Wonder Woman" star isn't the first Israeli to appear in "The Simpsons," though. That honor goes (we think) to the Israeli singer Yael Naim, who voiced the character of Doreet in a 2010 episode set in Israel, "The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed."
"Jewish Heaven" first appeared in the opening episode of season 26 of “The Simpsons” in 2014, when Rabbi Krustofsky dies and Krusty visits him in a dream.
That trip was a far lengthier one, with Krusty being taken on a tour of the celestial site by none other than Rodney Dangerfield. As well as Jewish luminaries, "Jewish Heaven" also features the Joe Lieberman Presidential Library, Oys ‘R’ Us (“The whole store is a complaint department” says a sign) and Ebbets Field, where the Dodgers always play the Giants.
In case anyone is theologically confused by the concept of Jewish heaven, luckily Rabbi Krustofsky is here to help with these wise words. “There’s no Jewish heaven,” he told Krusty in the 2014 episode. “Our faith teaches us that once you’re dead, that’s it. Kaput. It’s dark. It’s cold. It’s like that apartment we lived in before I started doing weddings.”
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