MUPPETS MOST WANTED
Constructing An Action-Comedy-Musical
Filmmakers Venture to the Dark Side for New Muppets Adventure
"In film, I am Number One Criminal," says Constantine, who joins the Muppets for
first time in "Muppets Most Wanted." "I have a secret plan with Number Two to
crown jewels of London. This plot has never been done before-well, at least not
According to director James Bobin, a caper of this magnitude needed to be set in
international locale. "If you're going to do a '60s-style caper, it needs a
world setting and
Europe gives it that classic feel. London, Madrid, Berlin and Dublin are the
places to go if
you're going to steal great treasures."
The whole Muppets gang returns to the big screen for "Muppets Most Wanted."
one of the great things about the Muppets," says Bobin, "you have so many to
and you want to do them all justice-so we were happy everyone could be part of
international tour. They pile into a old timey, dilapidated circus train
together and travel
Convinced by dubious tour manager Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) to take on the
overseas tour, the Muppets are excited to perform in the biggest and best
Europe has to offer. But always the ribbit of reason, Kermit has his doubts and
reluctant to tackle such lofty venues. His troubles only get worse when his evil
leaps onto the scene. "Constantine escapes from prison and swaps places with
says Bobin. "Kermit ends up getting mistaken for the Number One Criminal and
in a Russian prison in northernmost Siberia, whilst the tour carries on with
posing as Kermit."
Kermit encounters some shady characters-and cool cameos-while in prison, and
to convince his captors of his true identity. But Nadya (Tina Fey), perhaps the
prison guard in Siberia, keeps him on his flippers. Says Bobin, "I thought it
good to have a character who's quite tough, but secretly soft on the inside.
Nadya has a
bit of a crush on Kermit because he's a very charming frog."
With Kermit out of the way, Number One and Number Two are free to pursue their
plan. But hot on their trail are Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell), a laid-back
agent, and Sam Eagle, a slightly more driven CIA agent. They don't exactly see
eye, but must work together to solve the crime.
According to Bobin, the three comedy couples-Constantine and Dominic, Kermit and
Nadia, Jean Pierre and Sam Eagle-form the engine that drives the global
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