Jason Segel and his Muppets co-star Kermit the Frog flew into Sydney earlier this week to give Australian fans a taste of their upcoming film. While Kermit wasn’t able to meet and mingle with fans at Westfield Bondi Junction on Wednesday, Jason was super-friendly with the crowd and took plenty of time to take photos and chat with media. The staff of Max Brenner even made him a chocolate pizza with the words ‘Merry Slapsmas’ written in white chocolate buttons! We spoke Jason about bringing The Muppets back to the big screen.
- On whether working with the Muppets was what he expected it to be: “Yeah, and more. You’ve very nervous to meet your idols, and Kermit turns out to be just the dude you pictured he was as a kid. It was just a dream come true, honestly. I had a lot of responsibility on this one, in that I wrote it and was producing it and all that — I had a lot of hats on — but every day I would pinch myself. I had a list of childhood dreams that I wanted, and working with the Muppets was one of them. I never dreamed it would be in this capacity.”
- On how hands-on he was with the development of new Muppet Walter: “Well he’s a puppet, so I was literally hands-in [laughs].”
- On the pressure he put on himself: “The pressure is to honour a legacy created by Mr. Henson and Mr. Oz that means so much to so many people. That’s all I was nervous about: making sure I did justice to a thing that influenced pretty much every person on this planet.”
- On what could top The Muppets, career-wise: “I would actually like to be president of the United States.”
The Muppets is released in Australia on Jan. 12.