Ricky Gervais on The Muppets sequel

News Simon Brew 18 Jan 2013 - 07:27
The Muppets

Shooting is set to start imminently on the new Muppets film, and Ricky Gervais has been chatting about it...

Production is due to start imminently on the follow-up to the massively successful return of The Muppets, with James Bobin back in the director’s chair. And as you more than likely already know, Ricky Gervais has signed up to play the human lead in the new movie.

Gervais’ appointment has been divisive certainly, but we’re big fans of his work particularly in Ghost Town and Cemetery Junction, and remain upbeat about the movie. As is Gervais, as he appeared on This Morning and talked about The Muppets 2.

"I'm in awe of The Muppets”, he said. “I've loved them for like 35 years. I actually can't wait, I'm really excited. I was there yesterday on set and honestly, I'm like an eight year old at Christmas. I love it!”

He also said that “It’s great in that I know the director, he’s fantastic and did the first one. But there’s always room for collaboration. People always listen to your ideas, I listen to people’s ideas. When I’m in charge we finish at three or four in the morning. The Muppet movie might go on until six! It’s going to be hell [laughs]”.

Production starts in the next week or two we understand, and the full interview with Gervais – which was to promote his new show, Derek – can be found here.

The Muppets 2 is scheduled for release in March 2014.

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How to make any movie instantly suck, add Rick Gervais.

Noooooo! Why do they have to ruin this film with that jackass???

To all the Gervais-haters. Prepare to choke on your words when the movie comes out!

This is the Muppets and Gervais is just the living embodiment of Statler and Waldorf so his humour can work within the movie, assuming he is playing to type and not actually doing something else that, you know, professionals call acting.

I've openly said, I don't think it's a good move and he's not my first choice. BUT you have to give him a chance and I'll happily eat copious amounts of humble pie if he's good. And I hope he is

Gervais did a perfect job on Sesame Street. He gets the Muppets, so this will work.

I think this could be pretty good. People need to get over themselves.

I never said it couldn't be commercially successful - it simply ruins the movie for me. Whether you enjoy his sorry brand of comedy (and even worse acting) is completely beside the point. That's up to us folks who have, you know, good taste. ;)

The last one knocked it out of the park.

oh noes - i've been marked down! How will I ever recover???

I hope he's good, and I think he could be, but I'm currently very sceptical. Very, very sceptical indeed

This is going to be horrible. I can feel it in my bones.

Bobbin, please don't listen to any of Ricky Gervais' ideas.

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