The Muppets interview: ‘I’d love to work with Meryl Streep in our next movie’

As Muppets Most Wanted hits theaters, we get inside the heads of the world’s most famous puppets, including a certain porcine leading lady



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Animal, with Floyd Pepper (bandmate, translator)

Who was the biggest diva on the set?
Animal: Pig! Pig!
Floyd Pepper: That’s right, Animal. Ol’ Miss Fatback is the diva du jour every day of the week.

What’s an unfair assumption that people make about you?
Animal: Wild! Wild! Wild!… Sensitive.
Floyd Pepper: True. A lot of folks only see the out-of-control, rock & roll drummer side of Animal…and that definitely is a big part of his charm. But he’s also extremely sensitive.
Animal: Bunny.
Floyd Pepper: And he likes bunnies, too.

What’s your favorite thing to do in—or favorite thing about—New York City?
Animal: Play ball! Play ball!
Floyd Pepper: Nothin’ Animal likes better than to head up to the Bronx and catch a Yankees game. In fact, after Jeter retires, Animal may try out for shortstop…if we can figure out a way to keep him from eating the ball.
Animal: Sorry.

If you had to pick one of your fellow Muppets to be your sidekick, who would you choose and why?
Animal: Floyd.
Floyd Pepper: And I’d pick you, Animal.
Animal: Awww!
Floyd Pepper: Bandmates forever.

If there’s another Muppet movie, who would be your dream costar?
Animal: Keith Richards!
Floyd Pepper: Yeah, Animal has always wanted to gather some moss with Keith. As for me, I’d love to share the stage with the Boss.
Animal: Springsteen?
Floyd Pepper: I was thinking Dr. Teeth, but Bruce might be fun to jam with too.

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