'Muppets' star Miss Piggy says Kermit deserves Oscar nod (Q&A, Video)
Miss Piggy says longtime love Kermit the Frog deserves an Oscar nomination for his performance in the new "Muppets" film, adding that she has herself "denied her fans" the privilege of seeing her on the big screen for far too long.
The movie is set to hit theaters on Wednesday, November 23, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. "The Muppets" also stars humans Jason Segel and Amy Adams, who told OnTheRedCarpet.com that her 18-month-old daughter and her own childhood nostalgia inspired her to join the cast.
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.
The late Jim Henson created The Muppets, a group of puppets with a wicked sense of humor, in the mid-1950s. The characters, including Kermit and Miss Piggy, starred in several of their own television shows and films, such as "The Muppets Take Manhattan" in 1984, "Muppets from Space" in 1999.
The new "Muppets" movie sees the characters reuniting, with the help of Segal and Adams, to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.
Check out a Q&A with the famous Muppet duo Kermit and Miss Piggy below, carried out by George Pennacchio.
KERMIT: "George, how are you?"
OTRC: I'm doing well, how about you?
KERMIT: "Oh, nice to see you.
OTRC: Nice to see you too.
KERMIT: "I love your tie."
MISS PIGGY: "Very dapper. (Turns to Kermit) You should think of wearing a suit sometime."
KERMIT: "Yeah, probably should."
OTRC: Miss Piggy, you must have the best biceps in the business from carrying a torch for this guy for so many years.
MISS PIGGY: "I do work out. I do have a pretty good forehand and backhand."
KERMIT: "That's for sure."
MISS PIGGY: "Yes."
OTRC: Do you feel like being on the big screen is back where the two of you belong?
MISS PIGGY: "Well, certainly. I have denied my fans for far too long and I don't know why. I don't know why I made them wait so long to see moi on the big screen again."
KERMIT: "Has to do with financing a film, I think."
OTRC: Kermit, you have a lot of responsibility in this movie. Do you like that responsibility?
KERMIT: "Well, it mirrors my responsibility in real life, actually. This is probably, I will say, is probably my most dramatic role to date."
MISS PIGGY: "Oh yes. Yes, definitely."
KERMIT: "I'm really playing quite a serious version of Kermit the Frog, which I think I have it in me. But I really stretched myself as an actor."
MISS PIGGY: "yes, he's so good in this, too. I really think you deserve a nomination."
KERMIT: "Wow. For an Oscar?"
MISS PIGGY: "Certainly. Certainly. Not in my category of course, because I'm a female, you're a male."
KERMIT: "I noticed that. I like that about you."
OTRC: There's a whole new generation of children, so your fans have grown up with you but now suddenly, you're going to have these fans that are 4 and 5 and 6 and 7 again. Are you digging that?
KERMIT: "I think that's important. And I think many of those parents have probably shown their children the other stuff we've done. But I think it's time to toss out the old VHS tapes and do something new."
MISS PIGGY: "I'm looking forward to all the fan mail written in crayon."
KERMIT: "Of course, of course."
OTRC: Miss Piggy, why do you think that kids will absolutely feel they cannot miss your movie?
MISS PIGGY: "Well, I mean, I'm a fabulous actress. It's impossible to take your eyes off of moi. I'm funny, I'm entertaining. I have a lovely singing voice. There's really no reason why anyone of any age would not be entertained by moi."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).Check out the trailer for "The Muppets" below.