Five Favorite Films with Kermit the Frog (and Miss Piggy Too!)
The Muppet legends talk about their new movie and share crazy stories from their lengthy showbiz careers.
Miss Piggy, what are your favorite movies?
Miss Piggy: I was going to say The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, and The Muppet Christmas Carol, and this movie. I also love Casablanca. It's romantic, it's the golden age of Hollywood. It's where I truly belong. Don't you think?
Yes, you look great.
I'm truly one of those faces that they don't make any more.
That's true. You've been able to maintain a pretty good pig look for a long time. What's your secret?
Well, the truth is, pigs don't really get wrinkles, and the reason they don't is because, you know that stuff they inject into your face? To plump it up? That stuff comes from my people. Some people donate blood; my people donate dermal filler.
I was also wondering, how did you learn to be such an expert martial artist?
I was born doing a karate kick. That's how I got out. But then I also studied at Master Chang's Finishing School and Karate Dojo. I didn't have a lot of money early on in my career, so I figured, "Why not? I'll just spend it here and get two for one."
What was your journalistic philosophy when you were editing the magazine in France?
You do realize that this is a movie we're talking about. I wasn't really an editor; I just played one in the movie. Just like I wasn't really in Paris; that was a Hollywood backlot. Do you know how movies are made?
No, I guess not. So you're just putting on a performance?
Yes, it is called "acting." I understand I am such a brilliant actress, that...
...you made me think you were in France.
Yes, I made you think I was in France, that I was actually an editor of a fashion magazine.
You are a brilliant actress, but are you afraid of being typecast as Miss Piggy?
I'm not afraid that that's going to happen. I'm very pleased that it has happened. I'm sure there are many other actresses who would love to be typecast as moi, but it ain't gonna happen because they're not me.
That's true. So, when you started working on this movie, how did you get contacted? Did they call your agent? Did they call you directly?
No, they sent a script to my people, and my people gave it to me. I read it -- well, actually, I just thumbed through it and counted my lines -- and when I saw how many lines I had, I said, "This is a part for moi. This is a part I was born to play." The fact that the character's name was Miss Piggy helped, too. I don't really like to have to memorize another name to respond to on set; it's just confusing to me. I don't really like memorizing lines either, so that's why I don't actually read the script. I just make up my lines.
So you do a lot of improvising? Did you study acting, or is this just how you've always been?
I studied with...
...with Master Chang?
Yes, well, he also had an acting class that I took. Then I also studied with "Stan Slavski." You know Stan?
The method acting guy, right?
There must be a different Stan Slavski.
So, Miss Piggy, are you ready to be a big star again?
Well, moi has always been a big star. I'm really shooting for the solar system with this movie, actually. The world is just not big enough.
I work for a movie review site. Do you ever read what critics say about you? Do you ever listen to them at all?
If it's good, yes. Are you about to say something nice about my performance?
I thought you were excellent.
Aww, that's so sweet. But you're just telling the truth. (pause) Is that it? Is that all the questions you got? You ran out of questions, huh?
I'm just so dazzled by your amazingness.
I'm so glad to sit here and talk with you, and I do hope you liked moi's movie. Did you have a favorite part?
It's tough to say. I mean, with you? The part where all the Muppets showed up in your office in disguise as one giant Muppet, and you were appalled by your gullibility.
Yeah, that was me exposing my vulnerability. I think that any good actress has to do that. They have to bare it all! That's what I told Kermit early on, and he took it quite literally, and just never wore any clothes. It's not what I meant, but hey, it works for me.
How have you managed to maintain your working relationship, despite having very different personalities?
We love each other very much, but things can get kind of tense on a set. We were not always seeing eye to eye, but it just made it all the better when we made up at the end of the day.
The Muppets arrives in theaters this week.