Monday, January 16, 2012

Interview: Jason Segel & Kermit the Frog (The Muppets)

The Muppets are back! After a dozen years in the cinematic doldrums, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the gang (I won’t presume to play favourites – *cough* – Beaker – *cough*) are bringing their beloved brand of singing, dancing and general shenanigans to the silver screen. Championing their return as co-writer and co-star is Jason Segel. This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who giggled through 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall (also penned by Segel) and its climactic Dracula rock opera, with puppets. Segel is definitely the right man for the job. 

And Segel was the man I bumped into as I stepped out of the elevator for The Muppet’s junket in Sydney. 

“Alice Tynan!” he declared, complete with a big Hollywood grin. 

“Errr…..” I was incredulous. How does Jason Segel know my name, let alone recognise me?! 

Then I remembered the tweet I’d sent out, and we both smiled and nodded, “Twitter.”

Yup, that’s the power of Twitter my friends.

The actual interview was similarly surreal. You’ll note my wide-eyes and giddy smile as I regressed to five-year-old glee at the childhood dream-come-true of sitting across from Kermit the Frog. Fortunately you get a similar experience in the cinema watching The Muppets. If you’re anything like me you’ll walk out with your cheeks hurting from smiling so much. 


The Muppets interview from TheVine on Vimeo.

Published on TheVine
Australian release date: 12 January 2011

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