It was a bit of a bummer when Jason Segel announced that he wasn’t planning on reprising his role as actor and co-writer in “The Muppets 2.” The “Jeff, Who Lives At Home” star played an integral role in returning “The Muppets” to the big screen, so needless to say his costars were a bit disappointed when they heard he wouldn’t be coming back.
MTV News recently had the opportunity to sit down with Muppets Kermit the Frog and Walter to promote the DVD release of the film, and they shared their thoughts on Segel’s decision to pass the keys off to someone else for “The Muppets” sequel.
“Well, as long as he passes the keys,” Kermit joked. “We loved working with Jason. He’s a very huge Muppet fan. Literally. He’s like seven feet tall.”
“Yeah, I got a little crick in my neck during filming actually looking up at him all the time,” Walter admitted. “And he had to do a lot of things sitting down.”
Kermit was quick to get the conversation back on track, acknowledging that he always knew a big actor like Segel would have to move on from this project.
“He doesn’t want to become a Muppet, despite that song,” Kermit explained. “He’s chosen actor over Muppet.”
When MTV News spoke to Segel earlier this month, he admitted that he thinks he’s left “The Muppets” films in capable hands.
“I have handed off ’The Muppets’ to my writing partner [Nick Stoller] and to James Bobin. My goal was to bring the Muppets back and I feel like I accomplished that. I feel like they’re in really good hands,” he said. “But it was half a decade of my life, I just want a little breather, and I know that they’re going to nail it.”
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