THE MUPPETS Lowdown with Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Walter, Kermit and Miss Piggy
The new Muppets movie, THE MUPPETS comes out to theaters tomorrow, Wednesday November 23, just in time for the Holidays and there couldn’t be a better movie to go see with the whole family. But I’ll get more into that in my review which will be published tomorrow (keep an eye out for it).
For now I want to share a few highlights of what the cast had to say about the movie during a recent press conference for the film.
The panel featured star and writer Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Kermit, Miss Piggy and the new Muppet Walter. For all you Muppets fans out there let me tell you, it’s one thing to see the Muppets on screen, but it’s quite another experience to actually see them live. It was probably one of the coolest experiences that I have had. Plus it was a hilarious panel.
So without further ado, here are some of the highlights from that panel:
– The first question was directed to Miss Piggy, who responded “Yes, of course you would” when the request came to speak with her first.
– When asked about her In Style spread, Miss Piggy had this to say:
“I am sorry about that spread in In Style. I am sorry to all the ladies who have lost their beaus, their husbands to moi. Because people just instantly fall in love with moi when they see me in that spread. And I just want to apologize. But the couture that I wore in the movie I loved it all. You know, I had a wonderful Zac Posen dress that I wore at the end. Yes. No, I’m not kidding. I’m not kidding. I had just a wonderful wardrobe.”
– Fun Fact: Jason Segel and Kermit sent Amy Adams a DVD singing to her and asking her to join the movie. (You can actually see the video on Deadline)
– If you were curious about Kermit and Miss Piggy’s relationship status, well I can tell you that they are in fact together.
– When asked about The Muppets’ influence on his life and career, Jason Segel shared:
“I grew up with the Muppets. Like when you’re a kid Muppets are sort of the entryway into comedy. They lead into like harder comedy, Monty Python and Saturday Night Live. Yeah, the Muppets sort of defined who I wanted to be as a comedian when I was a kid.” He then added, “I sort of modeled my career after Kermit and the rest of the Muppets.”
– When asked about the possibility of a sequel, Jason Segel said:
“I’m superstitious about talking about a sequel until this one comes out. I mean the goal was to set the stage for the Muppets to take the torch and do a million more movies and TV shows. So hopefully, we’ve accomplished that.”
– Fun Fact: On Jason Segel’s birthday, they were shooting on Hollywood Blvd and when he walked out, all of the Muppets sang happy birthday to him. Jason Segel said: “Which was like the greatest moment of my life. It was fantastic.”
– Newcomer muppet Walter shared his excitement over being so accepted by the Muppets, whom he is a massive fan of:
“Well, how else could it feel? It’s unbelievable. You know, I keep pinching myself. I have bruises to prove it. This sort of thing doesn’t happen everyday and certainly not to me. It’s just been overwhelming and a real dream come true. We’re a pretty easy bunch to come into, you know. We’re pretty accepting.”
– For the movie, they recreated the whole Muppet Theater and it was the first time the Muppet Show theme song had been recorded in 30 years.
– “What do the Muppets do best? They put on a show.” -Jason Segel on how he came up with the idea of the movie. He added “And then, what occurred to me was that it’s been 12 years since the Muppets were last on the big screen. And I wanted to acknowledge that this movie was bringing them back to the forefront of comedy where they belong.”
– “I did not demand any rewrites. I want to go on the record for that, but that’s probably just because I didn’t really read the script.” -Miss Piggy
– “You were green before it was hip.” -Walter to Kermit
– “Let’s just stay I’ve gotten more perfect over the years.” -Miss Piggy on whether she had any work done.
– “Implanting one of those GPS chips.” – Miss Piggy on how to keep a good man.
– “I would like to say Kermit is the inspiration for the opening scene of Sarah Marshall.” -Jason Segel. He added “I’ve never seen him in pants.”
– “We wanted a fair amount of nostalgia for our generation who grew up with the Muppets. But we also had to acknowledge that there is a generation of kids who are just being introduced to the Muppets.” -Jason Segel
– “I will say this when Chris Cooper stating rapping and dancing I privately thought to myself, “Wow, I’ve really tricked everyone.” You know what I mean? It was just first of all I’m working for the Muppets. We’re making a new Muppet movie, and I’ve got an Academy Award winning villain rapping and dancing. It just seemed like this is the craziest thing that’s ever happened.” -Jason Segel
– “For me, I think it was my first family film that I did after having a daughter, and it was really, really cool to work with the Muppets. They were a big part of my childhood. So everyday was sort of me reliving my childhood while I had a child, and that was really, really cool and really special. It’s just going to be fun to introduce her to these guys and to know that I have a relationship with them. And I’m just excited. I’m excited that she has a film that she can watch as well.” -Amy Adams on what she takes away from the experience of being in The Muppets movie.
– “Oh, I can’t wait for the next movie to have the same experience as Amy.” -Miss Piggy (looking at Kermit) in reply to Amy Adams’ comment above.
And that concludes the highlights from the panel. So make sure you go see The Muppets when it hits theaters tomorrow, November 23.