Muppets Table Read Moved Jason Segel To Tears

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It’s not every day that a talking piece of felt can make a grown man weep. But that’s exactly what happened to at the first table reading for the upcoming Muppets revival. The film was a labor of love for its writer and star, Jason Segel, a massive lifelong Muppet fan. And hearing Kermit the Frog speak the words he’d written got Jason all soaky around the eyes. “We did a table reading, and they’d brought the puppets for the first time,” he explained to HitFix.com.  “We’re all just sitting at the table, and all of a sudden they brought out Kermit and he said the first line that I had written.” And then it got real for the How I Met Your Mother actor. “I just lost my sh-t a little bit. I started crying at the table read and I had to awkwardly ask them to stop filming. It was emotional. He’s been my favorite since I was a little kid.”

Segel spent four years writing his script for the Muppets reboot, and recently spoke to Collider about the emotional collection he sees between kids and the creatures. “I wish you guys were over there so you could see how a kid reacts to those puppets,” he gushed. “It’s one of the most beautiful things you’ve ever seen. The puppeteer just instantly disappears. You can see the guy standing there with a puppet on his hand and he’s talking, and the kid is looking directly at the puppet.” Jason still gets floored by the Muppet Magic.  “Every time it happens it reminds me of why I wanted to do the movie. It’s a truly beautiful thing.”

[Photo: Getty Images]

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