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Van Damme, Arkin, Crystal dogpile on top of Muppets movie

Nov. 16, 2010by: Paul Tassi
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What the hell happened with this project? We heard Jason Segel was making a Muppet movie right after FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL came out, but all of a sudden it seems to have exploded, attracting every celebrity on earth to do a guest appearance as either a human or a Muppet.

Well add three more names to the list, THR is reporting that Jean Claude Van Damme, Alan Arkin and Billy Crystal will be adding themselves to the roster. Arkin is said to be a tour guide, but no roles are specified for Van Damme and Crystal.

So what's the grand total of announced celebrities at this point? In addition to these three and Segel we've got Jack Black, John Krasinski, Ed Helms, Eric Stonestreet , Donald Glover, Lady Gaga, Amy Adams, Zach Galifianakis, Danny Trejo, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones and Paul Rudd. Jane Lynch recently left the cast, but with all those names, will you really miss her?

It's cool to see all these people come together, but they have to watch this doesn't turn into a telethon with audiences merely playing "spot the celebrity' every two minutes rather than actually watching the film.

Extra Tidbit: Where's Mel Gibson? He has a whole movie coming out about his love for puppets (THE BEAVER).
Source: THR

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7:33AM on 11/17/2010

I totally disagree with your comment...

"they have to watch this doesn't turn into a telethon with audiences merely playing "spot the celebrity' every two minutes"

The original Muppet Movie was a spot-the-celebrity film and that was one of the best things about it! Seeing highly paid A-listers doing a 1 minutes cameo bit part...brilliant!

Look back at the original Muppet Show too....the A-listers were falling all over themselves to be the weekly guest.

So far, I'd say, there aren't ENOUGH celebrities, and certainly not
"they have to watch this doesn't turn into a telethon with audiences merely playing "spot the celebrity' every two minutes"

The original Muppet Movie was a spot-the-celebrity film and that was one of the best things about it! Seeing highly paid A-listers doing a 1 minutes cameo bit part...brilliant!

Look back at the original Muppet Show too....the A-listers were falling all over themselves to be the weekly guest.

So far, I'd say, there aren't ENOUGH celebrities, and certainly not enough A-listers yet to make this movie comparable to the original one.
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9:48PM on 11/16/2010
I can already see Arkin being funny in this.
I can already see Arkin being funny in this.
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9:17PM on 11/16/2010
So Van Damme doesn't do expendables, but he's up for the muppets!? I don't get it.
So Van Damme doesn't do expendables, but he's up for the muppets!? I don't get it.
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7:26PM on 11/16/2010
Not so surprising. Look at all the people that showed up in The Muppet Movie alone. Not to mention the rest of the movies.
Not so surprising. Look at all the people that showed up in The Muppet Movie alone. Not to mention the rest of the movies.
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4:49PM on 11/16/2010

VAN DAMME!?

Arkin and Crystal sound like great additions, especially Arkin (for me at least). Its nice to see some older comedic actors coming out to play. Van Damme in a Muppets movie? That is hilarious and awesome! This makes up for Lady Gaga's appearance...almost.

I do kind of hope this is the last of the cameos though. It is getting a little too heavy in that department.
Arkin and Crystal sound like great additions, especially Arkin (for me at least). Its nice to see some older comedic actors coming out to play. Van Damme in a Muppets movie? That is hilarious and awesome! This makes up for Lady Gaga's appearance...almost.

I do kind of hope this is the last of the cameos though. It is getting a little too heavy in that department.
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2:59PM on 11/16/2010
For some reason Billy Crystal feels like he belongs in a Muppet movie, so thats great, but they need to stop adding celebrities now. It's getting a bit much. The Muppets should be all the celebrity the film needs.
For some reason Billy Crystal feels like he belongs in a Muppet movie, so thats great, but they need to stop adding celebrities now. It's getting a bit much. The Muppets should be all the celebrity the film needs.
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