MISS PIGGY: It was delightful! The set was absolutely awash in bonhomie! Moi can honestly say that Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and moi got along famously. There were no battles whatsoever.
KERMIT: That’s because they surrendered the moment Piggy came on the set.
MP: Okay, so Segel did put up a teensy struggle, but moi handled that.
K: And Jason healed fast.
Were you both always attached to the project or did you need to see the script before you were comfortable signing on?
K: When I saw that the movie was called “The Muppets” and that one of the lead characters was a frog named Kermit, I figured I had a good shot at the part. And knowing that Jason and Nick Stoller wrote the script and James Bobin was going to direct, I felt very comfortable signing on.
MP: I never read the script before we shoot.
K: Actually, she never reads the script at all.
MP: Well, that’s why they call it “acting.”
Other actors who have played themselves on screen have said that they’re usually playing an exaggerated version of who they really are. Is the way you’re portrayed on screen the way you are at home?
K: We’re really like this.
MP: We believe in being as “real” as possible.
K: Right. The same talking frog and talking pig you see up on the big screen are the same talking frog and talking pig we are at home.
MP: Absolutely. Except at home, I do a lot more of the talking.
K: I’ve noticed that.
Has it been a difficult adjustment getting back into the swing of doing publicity and attending events during awards season after a long absence from the business?
MP: I got right back into it — and I’m adoring every single moment! Press, paparazzi, throngs of fans. I live for this!
K: It’s tough being on the road so much, especially for a frog. Frogs and roads don’t have a good track record.
Are you looking forward to filming another Muppets movie any time soon? Are you reading other scripts right now?
K: Oh, we’re looking at a lot of ideas, hearing a lot of pitches, reading a lot of scripts, but we haven’t yet decided what’s next. You’ll be the first to know. Probably before us.
MP: I let Kermie handle the scripts, but I’m very involved with development. I’m in charge of doing lunches.
Are either of you interested in trying to produce or direct your own project?
K: I’ve done both — produced and directed. It’s a really tiring job, especially when you’re acting in the movie, too. And especially when the rest of the cast are chickens, bears and pigs.
MP: As a diva, I believe that anything worth doing is worth having someone else do for you. Let someone else produce and direct. I star!
Have you given any thought to what it might be like to win a Golden Globe or an Oscar for your performances? Have you picked an outfit or written a speech?
K: We don’t do this for awards. We do this because we want to entertain the world. That’s its own reward.
MP: He’s delirious! Of course I’ve thought about the Golden Globes and Oscars! I’ve got my speeches prepared, my gown picked out and a team of stylists and publicists ready to spring into action the moment nominations come out. Bring it on, HFPA and Academy! Moi is ready for moi’s close-up!
Have you seen any films this year — other than your own, of course — that you feel are worthy of awards attention?
MP: I loved “Cars 2,” “Winnie The Pooh” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” I think they are all awards worthy.
K: Piggy, is it just a coincidence that those are all Walt Disney Studio pictures?
MP: Are they really? Oh, isn’t that something. I hope Rich Ross notices that when I ask him to pick up the tab for my Oscar campaign war chest.
K: Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy awards season.