Anthony Hopkins: I want to be in the next 'Muppets' film (Video)
Sir Anthony Hopkins has portrayed plenty of impressive roles in his career, but the Oscar-winning actor has big plans, which include "The Muppets."
"If they offered me [a Muppet movie], I'd do it!" Hopkins told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the film's Hollywood premiere. "I'd be Kermit's alter-ego... it's very psychological. I'm Kermit's alter-ego, or he's mine."
The Muppets are a group of puppets the late Jim Henson created in the mid-1950s, which include Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rowdy "Animal." They starred in several of their own television shows throughout the years and the franchise has also spurred several films, such as "The Muppets Take Manhattan" in 1984, "Muppets from Space" in 1999.
Jason Segel, who stars in the comedy series "How I Met Your Mother," co-wrote the script of the film. "The Muppets" also stars Emily Blunt, Mickey Rooney, British funnyman Ricky Gervais, Charles Grodin and television chef Rachael Ray. Alan Arkin, Mila Kunis, Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Whoopi Goldberg, Wanda Sykes and 2012 Oscars host Billy Crystal are all set to make cameos, among others.
Hopkins, who attended the premiere with his wife Stella Arroyave, revealed that he's been a long-time fan of the franchise. "I saw the Muppets about twenty years ago in England," Hopkins said. "[My favorite is] Kermit, cause he's the leader of the pack. He's full of spunk."
The 73-year-old actor recently appeared as Thor's father and ruler of the universe, Odin in "Thor."
In May, the actor told MTV News that he was considering the role of Winston Churchill in Angelina Jolie's film project, "Churchill and Roosevelt." Hopkins said that Jolie is developing the movie, based on Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt's professional relationship during World War II. But Hopkins, who lost 75 pounds in 2010, is a little worried that the role would sabotage his diet.
"I don't know, I'd have to put on some weight to play Churchill," he joked. "I've just taken the weight off, I'd have to put it back on again."
Hopkins is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs," for which he won an Academy Award. He has also starred in films like "The Lion in Winter," "The Elephant Man," "Dracula," "Legends of the Fall," "The Remains of the Day," "Nixon," and "Fracture."Check out the trailer for "The Muppets" below.
Additional reporting by Tony Cabrera, special correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).