"That androgynous cretin," he chuckled.
The voice work, he said, keeps him busy and provides him with a nice cushion of cash.
He called it "screw-you money" -- or perhaps a variation that's not recommended to be printed. Basically money that lets him pick and choose the acting jobs he wants, as well provide the financial stability to support the causes he believes in.
"I used to do a lot of audio books, but they got so cheap," he added sourly.
Asner is frequently involved in charities that promote peace, a cleaner environment and the arts. He's also been one of several celebrities who've called for a new investigation into the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
However, the voice work and even the charitable interests are mostly sidelights. Acting is more than just a way to make a living, it's a way of life.
"I live to act," Asner explained. "There is no other reason for me to be alive. If I can't act, you might as well bury me. Call it an act of desperation."
He sighed mournfully, then pleaded loudly, "I don't wanna die!"
Asner is joking again -- probably.
Want to go?
WHAT: "Ed Asner as FDR"
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Huntington
INFO: 304-696-6656 or www.marshall.edu
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.