[List] 9 People Who Should Have Cameos In The New Muppet Movie [Updated]

With the announcement of Christoph Waltz Ty Burrell (ugh) being cast as an Interpol agent for the new Muppet movie, we can officially start getting excited about Kermit and the gang's next outing. And I'm hoping this time the producers will spend a bit more time sorting out the cameos.

It's not to say that the cameos in the Muppets weren't good. It's just that they felt very... cost-savings oriented. Like the sort of cameos that would appear in a TV special rather then a theatrical release (keeping in mind, the terrible Muppet's Wizard of Oz TV special had Quentin Tarentino in it). A lot of the guests were TV stars, like Neil Patrick Harris, John Krainski, Jim Parsons, and the kid from Modern Family. And Whoopi Goldberg. Sure they had Feist, but that would have seemed more relevant five years ago. And Andy Rooney, fifty years ago. About the biggest proper movie stars they had were Jack Black and Emily Blunt, but Black was in it enough not to count as a cameo, and Blunt is married to Krainski. The majority of the cameos had no substance to them, little more then the camera passing by the actor while they uttered one line.

 I really wish the Muppet Show was on the air. Because the first crop of Muppet films had proper stars. The biggest names of the time, largely because those same stars had guested on the Muppet Show during it's run. Mel Brooks, Steve Martin, Elliot Gould. And John Cleese, as seen above, in what I believe to be the finest example of a Muppet cameo.

Which brings us quite nicely to the future. The feeling is that the new film will feature the Muppets touring, or otherwise crossing Europe, as suggested by their being pursued by an Interpol officer and the film being made at Pinewood Studios. I'm in favour of this. While The Muppet Movie is a classic, and Muppets Take Manhattan is my personal favourite, The Great Muppet Caper is possible the best made of all the Muppet movies. It's certainly the smartest, and features what I believe to be the best Muppet joke ever ("No honey, that's a frog. Bear's wear hats"). To emulate it is a smart move. Now, the trick is, filling the film with Europeans that are actually stars.

Hit the jump to see my list of suggestions.

I made my selections based on three criteria: level of audience recognition, which special consideration to those who would be recognisable to both children and adults; presumed effectiveness of the actor in a cameo role; and previous experience with the Muppets. The majority of my selections meet two of three of these criteria, starting with:
Craig Ferguson

Ferguson is carving out a nice little niche for himself, subverting the late night talk show format during the week, and becoming a sought after voice actor since appearing in Winnie the Pooh, How to Train Your Dragon, Brave, and American Dad. And he's already familiar with puppets, having a vast selection of them under his desk, which make occasional appearances on his show. Plus, he's Scottish, so that puts him heads above the likes of Jimmy Kimmel.

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz

I am aware that is Pierce Brosnan up there. But the point is this: right now Daniel Craig is experiencing what will undoubtedly be his greatest critical and financial success as Bond, as Brosnan was at the time. He is now instantly recognisable in the role. To not include him would almost seem criminal. A casino sequence would seem most organic, with the Muppets stumbling across 007 at a blackjack table, while Weisz (Craig's real life wife, who was once rumoured to be a female villain in Skyfall) does the seductress/villain routine across the table.

Fry and Laurie

I'll admit, this is a touch selfish of me, but I just want to see these two work together again. And for my money, their best sketches in A Bit Of Fry And Laurie were always shops sketches. One playing the customer, the other playing the shop keep. Evidently they thought so to, as their most recent co-appearance was in Laurie's 2003 series Fortysomething, in one marvellous scene, above. I can almost see them going at each other, only to turn and gang up on whichever Muppets happen to be in the vicinity. If anyone stands a chance of matching John Cleese's level of performance, it's these two.

Matt Smith

I almost said David Tennant. But Smith has more of the foppish manicism that would work well against the Muppets. And I don't mean he should appear as the Doctor, as apposed to 007 up there, I mean just Smith. He's recognisable to an international audience, would connect to multiple age ranges, and has the talent and range to play pretty much anything from a Doctor-like character, to an against-type authoritarian.

Though I suppose if he wanted to wear a bowtie, that's be fine.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe, while proving that he has the talent to continue his career outside of Harry Potter, is still, and especially to a younger crowd, recognisable as Harry Potter. And that plays in his favour. But his guest spot on Extras years ago, and his many interview segments prove that he's not a fish out of water when it comes to comedy.

Louis CK

I will concede that Louis CK is not European. But he does, oddly, fit in with what the Muppets were originally about, back in the day. They were about subversion. They were about taking something that looks like a cute kids favour, and using it to spew forth innuendo and vaudevillian style antics. Let us not forget that the original Muppet pilot was called Sex & Violence. The sheer amount of stuff they were able to "get past the radar" is staggering. And no one is bigger right now in the name of pure, unfiltered, honest comedy then Louis CK, none of which he would have to bring with him into the film. His involvement would be comparable to Richard Pryor handing out balloons in The Muppet Movie. And he's hilarious, so that helps.

Cee Lo Green

I'm sorry, have you not seen these things?

[Update] Christoph Waltz

Since he can't star in the picture, he could at least put in some time and make up for my crushing disappointment of having to watch Ty Burrell for an hour and a half instead of Waltz.
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