A Minute With: Jason Segel on Muppets and puppets

Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:52am EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Jason Segel is best known for starring on the hit TV show "How I Met Your Mother," and for comedies like "Bad Teacher" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

Now Segel, 31, stars in a big screen adaptation of "The Muppets," a family musical that debuts in theaters on November 23 in time for the U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday.

The actor also co-wrote and is executive producer on the film, which follows a couple, Gary and Mary (Segel and Amy Adams, respectively), on a visit to Los Angeles with Gary's brother who happens to be a Muppet fan. When they discover an oilman plans to raze the Muppet Theater to drill a well, they convince the Muppets to reunite to save the theater.

Segel spoke to Reuters about the film, his love of puppets and his desire to channel his inner creep.

Q: Your filmography of raunchy comedies doesn't exactly scream family friendly films. What gives?

A: "'The Muppets' movie is right in my wheelhouse. It was nice to do something that was really pure and sweet and innocent. It's sort of a trade off. You can't do the raunchy jokes, but you get to do these totally Muppety jokes that you don't do in regular films. It was a fair trade off for me."

Q: What is about Muppets that appeals to you?

A: "I think what separates the Muppets (from other comedies) is that they never get laughs at other people's expense. Their jokes are kind and honest and pure. Even as an adult when you turn on the Muppets, you're reminded of the best version of yourself, that sense of wide-eyed wonder that the world beats out of you."   Continued...