Adam West on his Family Guy role
Was he in on the joke?
Adam West is Batman. Unless Batman takes off his cowl, and then Adam West is Bruce Wayne.
But, when he's not stopping crime in Gotham, Adam West is also a whole lot of other things. He's a veteran of the television Western, having guest starred in Bonanza, The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, and many more. But, West's wild skills weren't exclusive to the Wild West. He was in countless other shows, like Perry Mason, Petticoat Junction, and Pacific Blue. And those are just the P's!
For an entire generation who was too young for Batman, Adam West lives in infamy as the hilarious Mayor of Quahog on Family Guy, the sometimes-controversial adult-oriented animated series from Seth MacFarlane.
For those of us wondering whether or not West was totally in on the joke, the actor spoke with The Atlanta Constitution to help clear the air. He lent not only his voice but also his name to the show. Sometimes, the show seemed like it was laughing at Adam West more than it was laughing with him.
"I think I've always had that kind of self-assessment that what I do isn't really that important. When Family Guy came along, I said yes."
Flattery, it seemed, was the key to getting Mr. Adam West onboard with the show.
"I knew Seth (MacFarlane) had written the pilot for me, and I welcomed the chance to create a character with my name that was making fun of myself...to use my quirkier aspects and some of my more absurd thinking in the character. Yes, it's worked. I don't mind making fun of myself. I think more people should have that kind of sense of humor."