It’s not easy for anyone to just parody major summer films and have it come off as endearing, but when the Muppets poke fun at flicks like “Green Lantern” and “The Hangover Part II,” it’s really charming. But how did those little satires come to exist in the world?
“Well there was some discussion amongst all of us creatively involved, but I have to give a lot of credit to Disney and their marketing team,” Jason Segel, who stars in the film and also wrote the screenplay for the flick which opens this November, told us at the “Bad Teacher” premiere in NYC on Monday. “They came up with those ideas and they’re really brilliant. The official trailer came out and I just love it.”
Segel worked long and hard on the film, adding that seeing his vision come to life years after he started on it was a really big moment for him.
“I’m very proud of what we accomplished,” he said. “It’s been five years in the making for us. I started writing it right after ’[Forgetting] Sarah Marshall.’ ”
So, why was the “Bad Teacher” star so adamant to make a new “Muppets” movie decades after the Jim Henson creations won the hearts of children and adults everywhere?
“It’s very exciting. I think for our generation who grew up with the Muppets, it’ll remind us all of what we loved about them initially, and for the new generation or those of us who have kids — I do not have kids — we’ll get to introduce them to the Muppets we loved so much,” he explained. “So it’s very exciting.”
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