The Muppets Almost Included Rachael Ray, Miss Piggy Spoofing Katy Perry
The Muppets have a long history of celebrity cameos in their shows and movies. Over the years, they've shared the screen with Steve Martin, Orson Welles, John Cleese, and tons more. Now they're back on the big screen and continuing the tradition with The Muppets, which opened last week and has so far raked in $42 million in box office. Clearly, we here at Cinema Blend weren't the only ones who missed the Muppets. However, even with a crazy marketing campaign and a lot of excitement about their return, not every celebrity-related moment made it past the cutting-room floor. MTV News talked with Muppets director Nicholas Stoller, who revealed that their "to-do" list that didn't get done included a cameo by Rachael Ray and another scene where Miss Piggy spoofed Katy Perry.
How would the celebrity chef have factored in? Well, just think about it: which Muppet would best lend itself to cavorting with Rachael Ray? That's right, she would have been mixing it up (literally) with the one and only Swedish Chef. "I thought that would just be hilarious," Stoller said. "This can all be done in the future hopefully. Knock on wood." I personally think Gordon Ramsay would have been funnier, but whatever. Maybe Rachael and the Chef will pop up in a sequel and collaborate on some sweet and sour bork (heyoooooo!).
As for Katy Perry, she wouldn't necessarily have appeared herself, but one of her best-known songs would have been skewered. Stoller reveals another idea that didn't make the cut: Miss Piggy singing "I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It," while a procession of squirrels lines up to lock lips with her. Stoler explained that "more and more squirrels are lining up to kiss her, and she's getting weirded out." If parodying "I Kissed a Girl" was too risque, they could always have gone with "California Squrrls."
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