10 Unforgettable Celebrity Cameos From Muppets Most Wanted
Director James Bobin had a lot to accomplish with the follow-up to his successful update of The Muppets, especially as he took on co-screenwriting duties with Nick Stoller after Jason Segel stepped away from the project. On the whole, Muppets Most Wanted is a sequel that feels far too much like a sequel, but still manages to squeeze a lot of fun out of its mostly felt-skinned cast. But itís the human-skinned bunch weíre focusing on for this feature, as we cull together 10 of the funniest celebrity roles that Muppets Most Wanted had to offer.
Spoiler Warning! If you havenít seen the film yet, and you probably havenít from the looks of its weak opening weekend, then you may want to avoid clicking through this list, as there are a few surprises that shouldnít be ruined by moi, though there are plenty of others that didnít even make this list. I thought it only fair to avoid adding co-leads Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey to this list, though both are commendable for their genuinely silly performances, but that wonít stop me from starting withÖ
Ty BurrellWho He Plays: Burrell kills it as the sharp but self-involved Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon, whose Frenchness is by far his most noticeable character trait. Though the character is almost a lead and technically gets far more screentime than some of the second-tier Muppets, Napoleon's crook-chasing side plot of one-upmanship with Sam the Eagle is one of the filmís most inspired choices and doesnít intersect too heavily with the main story beyond the more pivotal moments. With a running joke of how much more employee-friendly the French workforce is, Napoleon is a solid combination of Inspector Clouseau and a flighty New Yorker cartoon, and Burrell turns on just enough pomp and circumventing to make this a memorable character.
How Do We Know Him: Though you'd probably recognize him from several of his early roles, Burrell is most recognizable from ABCís smart and ridiculously popular sitcom Modern Family, in which he plays the unwittingly ever-bumbling father and husband Phil Dunphy. Heíll be seen later this year in Craig Johnsonís comedic drama The Skeleton Twins, but you can currently hear him in theaters as a genius pup in DreamWorks Animationís Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which made a lot more money in its opening weekend. Just saying.
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