I just found out this interview done for ComingSoon.net while Amy was promoting “The Muppets” at CinemaCon.
CS: What was it like the first day you guys were on set with the Muppets? I now you had these table reads, but was it really hard to focus on your acting when you had all these Muppets you’ve known for so long there with you?
Amy Adams: For me, I have to say the most surreal thing was, it wasn’t necessarily working with them, because you accept them so quickly as co-stars – it’s like watching and loving Jason’s work and then getting to work with him, but it’s true. Then you accept him as the character he’s playing, so that was part of it. But to see them when they’re not animated was really upsetting.
CS: You mean, between takes, all the puppeteers were all smoking and drinking?
Segel: When they’re not being used, they’re in a cupboard on hooks.
Adams: That, I didn’t like that and I still don’t like that.
Segel: They’re very, very protective of that state of the Muppets that they will not allow it to be photographed. If a child is on the set, they’re not allowed to go anywhere near it because they don’t want to spoil the illusion, but even as an adult it breaks your heart a little bit.
Adams: That was the thing. That was the only thing about working with them that was weird, was not seeing them animated because I’ve so come to love them.
CS: I’m not sure I could deal with that either. It seems really creepy.
Adams: Yeah, it’s a crazy thing. I did not like it. I did not like it at all.
CS: Walter is a new character. Was that something you designed yourself?
Adams: I did not like robotic Walter either.
CS: One thing really exciting you mentioned was the musical numbers, and you have Bret from “Flight of the Conchords” and James directing. I’m curious, what kind of musical numbers are those compared to the Muppet classics, which are so memorable and cheerful?
Adams: Well, there’s a couple like that. I can’t give too much away, but there are a couple of full-scale production numbers. That’s really tricky working with Muppets, doing the production numbers, but you also have the very heartfelt completely sincere numbers. Yeah, they’re really fun. Then we bring back some of the classics… without naming them.
CS: I know you did a lot of green screen stuff on stages. Did you do stuff on locations as well? Do you have a lot of people going, “Oh my god, it’s the Muppets,” and freaking out?
Adams: You know what’s hard, too? I did not like that paparazzi was getting pictures of the Muppets being puppeted because I feel like part of the fun is for kids not to ever see that. So it bothered me. It was like when parents tell their kids I’m Giselle when I have no makeup in the elevator of the hotel. I’m like, “No, no, please let them have the fantasy” so I didn’t like that. That’s something I didn’t like about working on locations.
CS: Congratulations on the gig as Lois Lane.
Adams: Oh, thank you so much. Thank you.
CS: Do you have a favorite Lois Lane?
Adams: Me? (Laughs) No, I actually will have more to say about that in a year and a half.
CS: A year and a half? Maybe they’ll bring you to Comic-Con.
Adams: Oh my gosh, I haven’t even thought about that, Comic-Con.
Segel: Yeah, you’ll get to do Comic-Con for the Muppets.
Adams: Oh, we’re going to do that?
Adams: I’ve never been. I’ve always wanted to go.
To read the whole interview and also the editor impressions, be sure to read the whole article at ComingSoon.net