Do you remember the Muppets movie that came out in 2011? It was a fun and entertaining film that brought back all our favorite Muppet characters to the big screen. But did you know that one of the stars from How I Met Your Mother wrote the script for this movie?
Yes, it’s true! Jason Segel, who played Marshall Eriksen in the popular sitcom, co-wrote the screenplay for The Muppets along with Nicholas Stoller. The film was directed by James Bobin and produced by Walt Disney Pictures.
Segel has been a long-time fan of the Muppets and even incorporated them into his TV show, Freaks and Geeks. When he heard that Disney was planning to make a new Muppets movie, he approached them with his idea for a script. Disney loved his pitch and brought him on board to write the screenplay.
The Muppets movie follows the story of Walter, a puppet who is a die-hard fan of the Muppets. He travels to Los Angeles with his friends Gary (played by Segel) and Mary (played by Amy Adams) to meet his idols, only to find out that their theater is about to be demolished by an oil tycoon named Tex Richman (played by Chris Cooper). Walter teams up with Kermit and gang to save their theater and put on a show that will raise enough money to buy it back from Richman.
The film received critical acclaim for its witty humor, catchy songs, and heartwarming story. It also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Man or Muppet,” which was written by Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords fame.
In addition to co-writing the screenplay, Segel also starred in The Muppets as Gary. He brought his signature charm and humor to the character, making him a perfect fit for the film’s tone.
Overall, The Muppets movie was a huge success and a love letter to the beloved puppet characters. And we have Jason Segel to thank for bringing them back to the big screen in such a delightful way.