Muppets Mania

By: Ashmar Mandou

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Local NewsThey are back! The incomparable and enviable actors our generation has ever witnessed, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog. This Thanksgiving, Miss Piggy and Kermit, along with the whole gang, have joined forces with Jason Segel and Amy Adams for a non-stop, uproarious film filled with a bevy of celebrity cameos. On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary, played by Jason Segel and Gary’s girlfriend Mary, played by Amy Adams, from Smalltown, USA, discover the evil plan of oilman Tex Richman, played by Chris Cooper, to demolish the Muppet Theater and drill for oil recently discovered underneath the theater. In order to stop Tex Richman’s plan, Walter, Mary, and Gary enlists the help of Kermit to reunite the Muppets and revive the theater. In theaters November 23rd, stars Miss Piggy and Kermit chit chatted with Lawndale Bilingual Newspaper about their favorite scenes, their comeback, and why no one should stand in Miss Piggy’s way.

Lawndale News: After years away from the spotlight, how does it feel for the both of you to be back at work?

KERMIT: It’s great to be back on the big screen with the whole gang.

PIGGY: …But especially with moi.

KERMIT: Right, but especially with Miss Piggy.

PIGGY: and not so much with the rest of those weirdos.

KERMIT: Piggy! Speak for yourself.

PIGGY: I always do.

LN: Miss Piggy, what did you enjoy most about working on the Muppets film?

PIGGY: Working with Kermie, of course. And I liked spending time in Paris shooting at Paris Vogue…and my wardrobe, which I got to keep ‘cause really who’s going to try to stop me….and my star trailer which was so large it actually had it’s own Starbucks…and the caterers were great, too…especially the guy who made those chocolate crème desserts.

KERMIT: What about the movie?

PIGGY: Oh yeah, that was fun, too.

LN: Kermit, did you offer up any advice to newcomers Jason Segal and Amy Adams?

KERMIT: Oh gee, not really. I mean, Jason is a seasoned comedian, a TV and movie star and he co-wrote the movie. And Amy is so talented and has been nominated for three Academy Awards. What could I possibly tell them that they don’t already know.

PIGGY: I gave them the best advice of all – never ever get between me and the camera.

LN: What can you tell me about this movie that will have audiences across the globe wanting more?

PIGGY: Moi is in it!

KERMIT: Also, there are lots of laughs, songs, stars, crazy stunts, unbelievable….

PIGGY: Kermie, I already told them all they need to know to make the world want more.

KERMIT: You’re in it?

PIGGY: Exactemente!

LN: Miss Piggy, it is no secret that you love to sing. Any plans to head into a studio and cut an album?

PIGGY: Why, thank vous for mentioning that. I’d love to make an album. Maybe one of those duet albums where all the big stars come in and get to sing with me.

KERMIT: Piggy, we tried that once; you wouldn’t let the other stars get a word in edgewise.

PIGGY: Oopsie….Okay then, I’ll do a solo. We could call it “Songs in the Key of Moi!”

KERMIT: Sheesh!

LN: Kermit, what advice would you have for struggling actors as to how to go about breaking into the business? What should they expect?

KERMIT: It’s not easy being green in Hollywood. Everybody is really talented and trying their best to get a big break. You just have to do your best and keep trying no matter how many times you get rejected. And, if it’s meant to be, then maybe you’ll make it.

PIGGY: And if that doesn’t work, make a scene, refuse to leave and fight for every part.

KERMIT: Is that how you did it?

PIGGY: They don’t call it “breaking in” to show business for nothing.

LN:Were there any particular moments while filming that stood out for the both of you?

KERMIT: The big finale, where we’re all together on Hollywood Boulevard singing and dancing It was fantastic.

PIGGY: There were other people there? I just remember you and moi! When I’m at your side, the rest of the world just disappears. It’s like on one else is there.

KERMIT: That’s very sweet, Piggy.

PIGGY: Except for the guy with the camera, I always make sure he’s there too.

KERMIT: Sheesh!

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