Ahhh, another one on one with Kermit The Frog. I mean, at least I got a picture with him, but I did share the interview time with a few other bloggers. Kermit is so upbeat about his career right now, I mean the Muppets are back and they are on fire with moves like Mick Jagger. He’s doing so well he’s changed his philosophy on being green.
Q : Has it gotten easier being green?
KERMIT : It has. You know, it’s funny, uh, when I first sung that song all those years ago it was really about being comfortable in one’s own skin, you know. And then it sort of became the battle of choir of the environment movement which is fine. I’m very close to the environment so I have no problem with that but, you know, I went to a be green support group and, uh, I found that it helped enormously.
Q : How many members?
KERMIT : Oh, there were only two of us, me and Yoda and it works very well. There’s motto is, uh, just because you’re green doesn’t mean you’ve gone bad, you know.
Now as you should know by now the Movie has a Kermit lookalike in it and he’s a bad guy. Kermit started the interview telling us a bit about him.
KERMIT : His name is Constantine and he’s actually played by a friend of mine from the swamp. We are the same species of frog and he looks an awful lot like me only he has a mark right here like a mold and he speaks with a strange, uh, sort of Eastern European accent, yes. Now I will tell you in real life he’s not that evil but in the movie he’s very evil, you know.
Q : How’s your relationship with Piggy?
KERMIT : Oh, it’s good, it’s good. We just did a movie together which h is great, you know. Always coming — kind of an up, you know, when we do a film together. Uh, I think she’s around tonight somewhere.
Q : Is there a rumor of a wedding gown?
KERMIT : Yes [COUGHS], excuse me I got choked up there. Yes, yes that’s true, but, it may — I’ll just say, I’m not gonna tell you the story of the movie but it may not be what you think.
KERMIT : Yes, yes, there is mystery.
Q : What was it like shooting in London?
KERMIT : Well it was great except that it was incredibly cold. Uh, we did the Muppet Show over there like 35 years ago and, uh, and most of the time I wore clothes. I had to do a many scenes over there all natural and it was very cold. Yeah, but I love London and we have a great bunch of fans over there too and I like it very much.
Q : Have you taken Walter on as a protégé?
KERMIT : Well, you know, Walter is a great guy. He’s a wonderful Muppet fan, you know, so I guess you could say that. He’s got a place with the Muppets now. You know, he has to do more than whistle, you know. I mean he can’t just whistle so we’re finding — he’s finding his Muppet feet, sort of speak, you know, which is hard ‘cause many of the Muppets you really don’t see their feet. So I brought mine along today since you were all here today, but, you know.
Q : Which Muppet has changed the most?
KERMIT : Well, you know, I’ve gone through quite a few changes. There was a time in like the early 60s where I had these little club feet that didn’t have my flippers yet, right after my tail fell off, right after my tadpole hood. And then there was a time that, you know, it was like a 70s fashion statement. I had two collars. If you look at some of my pictures I had like a double collar that I wore and, uh, so I’ve changed. Uh, let’s see the most changed? Piggy hasn’t changed at all if you know what I mean. Yeah, I’m gonna say me. I’m gonna say me.
Q : Physically?
KERMIT : Physically and, uh, you know, I mean I’m not a young frog anymore. Uh, you get wiser as you get older. Different things become important like working with the same people all the time which I love, with the Muppets, you know. I cherish that.
Q : Will there be a crossover with Muppets and Star Wars?
KERMIT : That’s very weird isn’t, you know. I, I think speaking of Yoda I tried out for that part years ago and right color, wrong ears. I don’t know. That’d be great, wouldn’t it?
Q : How many musical numbers does Kermit perform?
KERMIT : I do, uh, you know, I have to tell you the truth. I’m in the opening number in the film. You know, this film — everyone tell you one thing. This film sort of talks up right where our last film left off. The end of that film is kind of the beginning of this film and so the opening number of the next film is a great number that I actually am a part of with all the other guys. Uh, I don’t really have a solo number in this film. Piggy has like six. Some of those might get cut but we have to do that just to get her to come on the set. But the music’s great. Again written by Brett McKenzie and some of these numbers are amazing but my favorite is one called The Big House and during the course of the film I actually get, uh, well I’ll tell you this part, too. I end up in a Russian gulag.
…..Yes. It’s a very dramatic part for me to play, you know, uh, being a prisoner in prison. Of course the warden there, the chief warden is, is Nadia played by Tina Fey and, uh, yeah, I had big fun with her. She sings a great song called The Big House about welcoming me to prison and as Tina said Nadia loves prison so it’s a great song.
Q : Are there other Muppets that we don’t see a lot of?
KERMIT : Well Lou is there. You know, we try to bring the whole crew back again. I don’t know if I Lou has a big part necessarily but you’ll see him. Who else? Link Hogthrob is there. Uh, another character is back and really back is Annie Sue Pig. Any of you know Annie Sue? You have to be a Muppet show fan to be a Annie Sue. She’s actually back. I can’t remember if she had any lines but she was there.
Q : How do the ladies feel about that?
KERMIT : Well, you know, some things never change. You know, you don’t wanna mess with that.
It was really great chatting with Kermit The Frog again. He’s so intelligent and insightful. His movie comes out March 21st.
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