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Monday 26 January 2015

Burrell: Muppets role was a dream

Ty Burrell enjoyed working with The Muppets
Ty Burrell enjoyed working with The Muppets

Ty Burrell has revealed that starring in Muppets Most Wanted was "a dream come true", and that he can't wait for his kids to see it.

The Modern Family star, who voices French Interpol inspector Jean Pierre Napoleon in the upcoming sequel, has two young daughters with wife Holly.

"I worked mainly with the Muppets, which was amazing. It really was a dream come true for me, and I can't wait for my kids to grow up and see that too," he said at Disney's D23 Expo.

"They're still too young to know what that is, but that will be fun - unless it will be traumatic to see their dad on screen."

The "caper movie", which also stars Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey, follows the Muppets on tour in Europe and will be directed again by James Bobin.

Ty revealed: "When there were negotiations going across the table, I was like, 'This does not need to be negotiated'. I wanted to call them (the studio) personally and say yes. I'm going to do the Muppets movie. It was very much an easy sell."

Producer Brad Lieberman revealed Ricky was the biggest Muppet fan on set: "Ricky is just a Muppet fanatic, in the best sense of the word," he said.

He hinted there will be lots of celebrity cameos, with Sean 'P Diddy' Combs, Salma Hayek and Usher among the rumoured names.

"I'm not exaggerating but we had tons and tons of people who really wanted to participate in this movie," he said. "The challenge was scheduling, not getting the people who want to work with us. We got our dream cast and I think people will be blown away by all the cool faces they see."

Muppets Most Wanted will be released in March 2014.

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