It’s a great time to be a Muppets fan. Not that it ever wasn’t, but Jason Segel, Nick Stoller and James Bobin have modernized and revitalized a brand that was stuck in the world of TV specials that lacked the heart or humor featured in the projects of the past. Now, however, the lovable characters are back for the long haul, and in the upcoming The Muppets…Again! they'll be working with human Muppets Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey - meaning the long haul will likely be filled with uncomfortable humor. As seen in our first behind-the-scenes look.

Gervais is no stranger to creating supplemental material for the projects he’s working on, so it’s no surprise that a behind-the-scenes video of the star and Pepe the King Prawn has already popped up online. But this isn’t all fun and games like we’re used to seeing from the cheeky Brit; it’s a rather serious piece that delves into the rift of deep-seated differences between humans and Muppets. While it doesn’t offer a solution, it holds a mirror up and lets us figure out a solution for ourselves. Keep a handkerchief at hand for the below clip.

Or maybe I was reading too much into it. It’s exactly the kind of moment one would expect from Gervais, either as himself or playing a character based on himself: the perfect balance between blasé and standoffish. There’s something wonderful about the use of Pepe instead of one of the more marquee Muppets, but I’m still holding out hope for a musical duet between Gervais and Dr. Teeth.

As a bonus, Gervais also recently did an audio interview with Christian O’Connell at Absolute Radio (via Bleeding Cool), and during the course of conversation spoke highly of Pepe, calling him a “brilliant bloke” and saying they have a “special bond” together. “I said to him, I went, ‘Are you a prawn?’ He went, ‘King prawn,’” Gervais jokes. “I said ‘What’s the difference between a prawn and a shrimp,’ and he says, ‘It’s all about the size, baby.’”

The Muppets…Again! is filming now and will be released on March 21, 2014.

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