If you’ve seen Forgetting Sarah Marshall, then you know how crazy for the puppets Jason Segel is. That whole puppet Dracula thing that was featured in the film wasn’t just some throwaway funny sub plot in the film, Jason really wrote and worked on his own Dracula puppet show in his spare time. When the Muppets project came along, it was a fantasy coming true for this boy trapped in a very tall man’s body.
We sat down with Jason Segel and asked if he was still in awe that he got to create a new Muppets film.
“It was a childhood dream of mine. I have a list of dreams that I wanted to accomplish. One was being on David Letterman, which I did a few years ago. One is hosting SNL. [Segel hosted on November 19th.] And then one was to make a Muppets movie. And then be on the cover of Men’s Health. Start the campaign for that. Rough.”
How touched was he about working with the Muppets? When he first met them, he cried. Really…
“My first encounter (with the Muppets) was at a table read in New York where they surprised us and brought the puppets out for the table read. And when Kermit first spoke lines that we had written I literally cried at the table read and they had to stop the table read for a second while I pulled it together.”
He talked about how embarrassing it was saying, “…because I’m a grown man. I should be able to handle this. This is also my profession. But no, I cried like a little baby just for a second. But it happened.”
Jason Segel was impressed by the puppeteers during the entire production. Saying, “I didn’t realize how talented these puppeteers are…their job is to be invisible basically, is to disappear. And it’s such a shame because they’re comedians and actors and hilarious improvers and they’re hiding under this table most of the time. You’ll never see their faces.”
He was in awe, and understandably so. A magic that will make many of us full grown Muppet lovers weep.
Last year before they started shooting Jason made his intentions clear saying, “I’m trying to bring it back…they were my first comic influence so I’m trying to restore the Muppets to their former glory.” Mission accomplished.
The Muppets is playing in theaters everywhere. See more Muppet magic here.