By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
On the March 11, 2014 printed edition of Variety Magazine, a leading publication on the entertainment industry of Hollywood, the star of the day to make the cover is not Leonardo DiCaprio or even Emma Thompson but someone with just as much star power and who has a longer history in the film industry.
He’s the talk of the town, he has a new movie coming out, his girlfriend is one of Hollywood’s biggest pigs, he’s green and he finds it is not easy being so. If you haven’t clued in by now then your child might have, it’s Kermit the Frog and there is alot of excitement buzzing around him (which is a change from flies).
Variety’s article How Kermit the Frog and the Muppets Got Their Mojo Back, written by New York film editor Ramin Setoodeh, focuses on the latest Muppet’s movie Muppets Most Wanted.It will be released in theatres on March 21 of this year. Setoodeh was also given a rare chance to interview the Muppets’ operators as they talked about the film and the possibility of a new Muppets television project.
In Muppets Most Wanted, Kermit is replaced by an evil lookalike after our hero is locked in a gulag for mistaken identity. The villain and his partner Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) plan to steal a valuable gem by using Kermit’s oblivious friends in the plot. It is interesting to note that Kermit’s evil twin uses a signature similiar to that of Mike Myer’s Dr. Evil from Austin Powers, hence Variety’s article title.
The Muppets are joined in this recent venture by stars Tina Fey and Ty Burrell. Burrell can still heard in theatres as the voice of Mr. Peabody in the animated film Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Muppets Most Wanted is filled with a who’s who of the silver screen making various appearances. The power of being immortalized in Muppet pop culture proved too strong for stars like Tom Hiddleston, Salma Hayek and Cristoph Waltz. And even with stars as big as they are, there is no second thoughts about playing second banana to a Muppet. Let’s see the Disney Mouse make that claim.