A Visit To The Set of Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted!
By Vanessa Diaz (@queenofswag4u)
Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted will soon be hitting the theaters and I was fortunate enough to get a behind the scenes look at the making of this amazing film. I visited the set a few months ago and chatted with Producer Todd Lieberman. It was an amazing night filled with so many dream come true moments. Who wouldn’t love spending the day with the Muppets?
This film takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon, and Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard.
As we chatted with Todd, we had to know if there any other elements from old movies in this new film? I was getting the impression that this film was like The Great Muppet Caper and I’m happy to say it’s not according to Todd.
Well, there really aren’t similar you know. You just have familiar things in the same way that the Rainbow Connection featured in the first movie. I won’t say what song, but, there will be some version of a song you might be a familiar with that might appear somehow in this movie.
Is there a happy ending and a possible wedding? Spoiler alert!
There’s a happy ending. Possibly a wedding.
The Muppet movies always have amazing cameos. I of course wanted to know if he could spill any beans as to who we could catch in the film.
I always feel like as a producer I’m always begging everyone to do everything. We have the Muppets and people love them, thankfully so. There’s a good in there. We had a whole list of people who we wanted and a whole list of people who wanted to do it and we were just kind of, you know, tailor made some roles for people who we felt might be appropriate. I think at the end of the day, we really want a lot of these to be surprises ‘cause I think the great part of the cameos is when you’re watching a movie and you have no idea what’s coming and all of a sudden there’s this famous face who might seamlessly blend into the scene or might be completely opposite of what you think the scene’s gonna be. So there’s a lot of those and we run the gamut from Grammy Award winning song musicians all the way to Oscar winning actors and everything in between. So it’s gonna be a very eclectic and interesting mix of people who would never otherwise be in a film together.
I heard rumors that Tom Hiddleston makes an appearance, So I of course wanted to know if there are any homages to the Avengers?
Who’s in the movie? Tom who? No comment.
Blast I couldn’t break him on that spoiler. I changed gears to find out if we will we see any new Muppets in this one?
You will, actually. I mean one of them is Constantine who is a character we never introduced before. And he looks a lot like Kermit but he’s not a Kermit. He’s got different mannerism, different voice, different vocal range and there’s a couple of Muppets who weren’t in the first movie I believe, but may have been in other past shows but we don’t create a new Muppet like we did Walter in the first other than Constantine.
Frank Oz was a little upset about the last film that was made, I of course wanted to know if they were finally able to win him over?
I don’t know. I mean God bless him. Frank is an amazing talent and the reason we’re here is because of him. I haven’t spoken him so I don’t know if we have. I don’t know if he’s won over not. Maybe others will know and let me know. I hope we have!
I don’t know about Frank, but they have sure won me over. Who could stay mad at the muppets right?
MUPPETS MOST WANTED opens in theaters on March 21, 2014!
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