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The Muppets – In conversation with Kermit & Miss Piggy

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The Muppets – Kermit and Miss Piggy
Together Again? – Can Kermit talk Miss Piggy into leaving Paris, where she is a fashion editor and haute couture trendsetter? Or will she stay forever in the City of Lights…and make it “lights out” between her and Kermie? © 2011 Disney Enterprises

With 56 years in show business, Kermit the Frog has countless credits in television, film and on stage, and  Miss Piggy has been dominating show business since her initial public appearance in the chorus on The Herb Albert Special in 1974. After 12 years, they are back together on screen in The Muppets.

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams) discover a nefarious plan by oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to take over the Muppet Studio, and demolish it in order to drill beneath it for oil.

Gary, Mary and Walter track down Kermit the Frog and persuade him to get the gang back together to stage a telethon that will save their studio.

Kermit and Miss Piggy spoke enthusiastically with journalists about their return to the big screen.

How does it feel to be back in the spotlight after 12 years?

The Muppets – Miss Piggy
Miss Piggy © 2011 Disney Enterprises

Kermit: Well, you know we didn’t exactly leave the spotlight. We did lots of other stuff. We just haven’t done a big film in a long time.

Miss Piggy: I’ve always been in the spotlight, actually. I have Kermit follow me around with a spotlight wherever I go.

Kermit: That’s true. Even down the streets at night. Very strange.

Miss Piggy: But it’s nice to be back on the silver screen.

One’s not really sure why I have denied my fans for so long.

I apologize though. Hopefully this movie will make up for the long absence.

There were a lot of stars who wanted to meet you this time, and they showed up in your movie. So who did you enjoy working with?

The Muppets – Kermit
Kermit © 2011 Disney Enterprises

Kermit: Well, obviously Jason and Amy. They were kind of the stars of the film.

Miss Piggy: I didn’t really work with any of them, because all of my scenes were shot separately, and with the magic of special effects, my images combined with all the other actors.

I find acting with other actors somewhat distracting.

Kermit: Yeah. So we matted Piggy in. Blue screen.

How did you feel about shutting down Hollywood Boulevard for two nights to shoot the dance sequence?

Kermit: I have to say it felt pretty good, especially for a frog. We don’t spend a lot of time out in the middle of the street.I’ve lost many relatives that way.

To actually shut down the street and do a dance number, well, that was empowering to me.

Miss Piggy: For me, it was exhausting. We’re talking night shoots here. I mean, to work all through the night. It’s hard, I tell you.

How did you think James Bobin was as a director?

Kermit: James is British, and the British are known for being extremely polite.

So it’s wonderful to have somebody on set who is very nice when they have you do the 25th take, especially when you’ve done the last 12 exactly the same way.

Miss Piggy: I did not find that he gave moi as many notes as I gave him. I felt that he was mostly very good at taking those notes and doing exactly what I wanted him to do, giving me big close-ups.

I have lots of close-ups in this movie, and they’re all gorgeous.

What was the most challenging thing for you doing this movie?

The Muppets - Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and Kermit The Frog
Look at us! Here we are – Right where they belong, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and Kermit The Frog come together to show the world that the Muppets still know how to sing and dance and making people happy! © 2011 Disney Enterprises

Kermit: It was working next to Jason Segel, who’s like eight feet tall. It was a lot like working with Big Bird. I was on boxes a lot.

Miss Piggy: It was my role as an editor of a fashion magazine.

I had to play Emily Blunt’s boss, and as such, I had to be very bossy, and that’s not something that comes very naturally to moi. It’s not me.

Kermit: Right. Yeah. It was a stretch for you!

Do you wear Prada as well?

Miss Piggy: I think I wear some Prada-esque clothes and shoes. I think I have something like 738 costume changes in the film.

Kermit: Just in the first scene.

Miss Piggy: I have five costume changes in a single shot.

Kermit: That’s amazing.

In the movie, Fozzie and Animal have really gone through some bad times when you guys reconnect with them. How are they doing now?

Kermit: They’re fine. Those were mostly plot devices for the film. Fozzie hasn’t changed in about 35 years. I’ve been there with him the whole way.

Animal is pretty much the same. We cast him to be in anger management, which was a fun thing. But he’s actually not that angry. He’s just a little hard to keep focused on what he’s doing.

I find that working with Animal if you can get him to stand on his mark, and stand there long enough to say his lines, then you’re fine. You know, ‘Focus, Animal, focus.’

Can you talk about watching yourselves on the big screen in this movie?

The Muppets - Scooter, Swedish Chef, Fozzie Bear, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Sam Eagle, Beauregard and Link Hogthrob
Right where we belong – With banjo-strumming Kermit at the center of the action, the Muppets – (l to r: Scooter, Swedish Chef, Fozzie Bear, Kermit, Miss Piggy {of course!}, Sam Eagle, Beauregard and Link Hogthrob) – are ready to get things started © 2011 Disney Enterprises

Kermit: I have only seen the last cut. I haven’t see the finished product with all the effects, but it’s always fun.

I know lots of actors don’t like to watch their own performances, but I think it’s a good way to learn.

Miss Piggy: It’s all I ever watch. I really don’t pay attention to anybody else’s part in the movie.

Kermit: Yeah. We send Piggy a special edited cut of the film, which is just all her stuff strung together with nobody else.

Do you have any ambitions for another movie?

Kermit: Always, of course.

Miss Piggy: I’m working on a sequel script right now.

Does it have a title?

Miss Piggy: Yes. The Miss Piggy Movie.

Kermit: How many pages is it?

Miss Piggy: So far, it’s three pages.

Kermit: Three pages. So, in other words, you’re just going to adlib the thing, and we’re all going to dance around you again?

Miss Piggy: Exactly. I’ve just written out all your parts, and then mine is the big part, obviously. Then I’m just going to adlib!

Miss Piggy was asked about how it compared shooting the movie in Hollywood and Paris, and she revealed this shocking secret! Click below here!

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