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The two-time Oscar winner was originally slated to star in the Euro-caper sequel as an Interpol agent but was later replaced by "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell in December due to scheduling complications.
Shortly thereafter, though, Waltz told Collider that he was meeting with the Powers That Be about, to use his words, what "might not be a proper part [but] might just be one of those 'cameos.'" Such a cameo, he expected, may not include a dance with Miss Piggy ("they told me that dancing with Miss Piggy is almost impossible because she's totally operated by puppeteers") during her upcoming wedding.
Given the film's jam-packed ensemble — adding to Burrell were Tina Fey as a Russian femme fatale and Ricky Gervais as a questionable guy — the possibilities were seemingly endless, but then talks of Waltz's involvement quieted down, so any optimism about the same was cautionary at best.
Thanks to the ever-candid Ricky Gervais, though, the hip hip hooraying can now officially begin. The loose-lipped comedian appeared on the Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show and spilled, "I was working with Christoph Waltz yesterday. I mean it's incredible, I said, 'You’ve won an Oscar.' He said, 'It doesn’t make any difference.' He’s just standing there, covered in dust, you know, surrounded by these Muppets."
That paints a pretty vague picture, but hey it'll do.
Elmo happy again!
As an aside, we learned from Waltz's turn hosting "SNL" in February that he's got the chops for comedy, so let's just hope they don't go all meta and make him a villain type, ya feel?