Jason Segel, star of last year’s “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” has already made it known that he intends to work with Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy and all the other Muppets. The question now, however, is whether Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen and all Segel’s flesh-and-blood funnymen will come along for the ride as well.
Last March, actor/writer Segel announced that he‘d be trying his comedic hand at a new “Muppets” movie – and was eager to fill the movie with cameos - hopefully making Jim Henson’s beloved puppet characters hip once again to the Judd Apatow generation.
“We're several drafts in,” Segel said of the film’s current status. “And just waiting to see if it's going to come together.”
Although it may sound a bit off-the-wall for a member of the royal Apatow family to be revisiting such a classic (and undeniably clean) franchise, Segel is eager to play the music; he’s eager to light the lights. In fact, you could even say he’s eager to meet the Muppets on the Segel Show tonight.
“It's a big decision to try to bring back that franchise,” he explained, fully aware of the pop-culture cache that the series still carries – as well as the nearly two decades of straight-to-video knockoffs that have soiled the once-popular puppets. “But I'm really happy with what we've written – so, we'll see.”
Having worked in Hollywood for more than a decade, the “How I Met Your Mother” star has built up an impressive stable of friends/co-stars. From Rudd (“Knocked Up” and the upcoming “I Love You, Man”) to James Franco (“Freaks and Geeks” “Knocked Up”) to the devastatingly sexy Russell Brand in “Sarah Marshall” and next year’s animated flick “Despicable Me.” But will these A-listers soon summon their inner-Muppet voice?
“I've told all of my friends that I've written parts for them,” Segel revealed to us. “But I have way less friends than you imagine.”
Steve Carell hanging with the Great Gonzo? Seth Rogen and James Franco introducing Dr. Teeth and his band to some pineapple express? What Apatow-Muppet dream teams would you like to see Segel bring to the big screen?