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How Sheriff Harry Lee lent his voice to North Pole Nutrias 

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That was probably the high point of my entire life," Miss Pussycat says of convincing the late Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee to voice her rapping puppet villain the Virus in the 2001 film North Pole Nutrias. Here's how it went down:

  "I got a call from Col. (John) Fortunato right before Thanksgiving. He's like, 'You can do it. You're recording this puppet show for kids. You come to the police station on the West Bank at this time.' And I'm like, 'OK.'

  "I had this song written. It was a rap song, kind of. I knew I had my one chance to do it, and then that would be it. It couldn't be multiple takes. I didn't know what the situation would be outside — squad car, I didn't know. So I brought my four-track. I had a beat on it, like, a drum machine beat. I was singing a scratch vocal of 'Bad Guy Power,' and then I had him put on headphones in this big suite on the West Bank, like the penthouse of the police station. He was so nice. There were all these trophies — like, dead animals, hunting trophies. Betty, his secretary, led me in, and I plugged my four-track in. He put on headphones and I gave him a microphone. I had the lyrics printed out.

  "He had no idea why he was doing this. Somebody just told him it was for kids. He looked at the lyrics and he heard it, and he was like, 'I can't do this.' And I'm like, 'Why not? It's for the children.' He was like, 'Bad guy power?' I'm like, 'Yeah, you're going to be the bad guy.' Then he was like, 'But it's a rap song. I hate rap music!' I'm like, 'It's not really a rap song — and it's for the kids!' Then he did it. You know how when you have a dry mic and you're singing along, nobody can hear what you're listening to? It was that situation. He is screaming: 'Bad guy power/Bad guy power!' I gave him a printout of the words, and I'm like, 'Just try to sing along. And here's a microphone.'" — Pais


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