Friday, May 23, 2008

Spinal Tap's Nigel on Stonehenge
Actor Christopher Guest Reprises His Satirical “Spinal Tap” Role To Help National Geographic Channel Decode The Mysteries Behind Stonehenge Spoof Interview Featured in Five Viral Clips Found on

Stonehenge is one of the most iconic structures in the world. People have speculated about its purpose for centuries, associating the structure with everyone from King Arthur’s magician, Merlin, to the druids and the sun god Apollo. Now faux rockstar Nigel Tufnel — portrayed by actor Christopher Guest from the landmark cult comedy, “This is Spinal Tap” — lends his opinions on who created Stonehenge, and why, in an exclusive online interview with National Geographic Channel (NGC).

Claiming he knows the name of the single man responsible for the construction of Stonehenge, Tufnel sits down with a journalist to answer some hard-hitting questions and takes viewers on an exclusive tour of his garage, where he conducts “decoder” experiments to provide evidence for the true purpose of Stonehenge.

The spoof interviews are online at and on various websites. The viral spots are intended to drive awareness for NGC’s upcoming show Stonehenge Decoded, which presents an exclusive look at groundbreaking evidence that places this ancient monument at the center of one of the largest prehistoric religious complexes in the world. Premiering Sunday, June 1, 2008, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Stonehenge Decoded details the first proof of a 4,500-year-old Stone Age settlement just a few miles from Stonehenge, with a mysterious near-replica of Stonehenge made of wood at its center.

Best known for his ensemble mockumentaries, including Waiting for Guffman, and Best in Show, Guest wrote the script and starred in the cult classic “This is Spinal Tap” in 1984.

Stonehenge Decoded premieres Sunday, June 1, 2008, at 9 p.m. ET/PT