She’s famously voluptuous. And her first marriage lost its luster not long after the honeymoon, if even there was one.
We’re not talking about some basic-cable reality queen. We speak, of course, of Miss Piggy, the blond, blue-eyed star of Jim Henson’s “The Muppet Show” who ranked 23rd on TV Guide’s 1996 list of the 50 greatest television stars ever — right behind Edward R. Murrow.
It’s the kind of snub that would normally provoke the hot-tempered swine to turn up her snout — she wanted the top spot — except that Piggy has been largely MIA since 2005, when the Muppets briefly reunited for the made-for-TV “Muppets’ Wizard of Oz.” But her luck is about to change.
Today, she and on-again, off-again beau Kermit the Frog, along with an all-star cast of furry friends, return in “The Muppets,” their first big-screen foray since 1999’s “Muppets in Space.”
The movie, also featuring Jason Segel (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) and three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams, explains the gang’s absence (creative differences) and cautiously plants the seeds for future adventures.
Is Piggy, so long absent from the spotlight, ready to rekindle her long-dormant romance with American moviegoers? Absolutely. “People instantly fall in love with me when they see me,” she says, her trademark lack of humility stubbornly intact. “I just want to apologize to all the women who have lost their husbands and boyfriends because they’ve fallen in love with me.”
Though Piggy, still bitter from her last split with Kermie, initially resisted the latest reunion, Segel (who credits the Muppets with inspiring his own comedy career, and who co-wrote “The Muppets” with “Marshall” director Nicholas Stoller) helped lure her back to the fold. So too did her estranged (but amiable, and still very green) amphibian hubby.
“I’m always thrilled to perform with Miss Piggy,” Kermit says, with the finesse of a seasoned diplomat. “I think it’s wonderful to be together again, and that’s all I’m going to say at this time.”
“I hadn’t seen Kermit in such a long time,” Piggy adds. “I just want to say how much I love him. I’ve been so busy on the road promoting this movie. I didn’t demand any rewrites — I want to go on record with that — but that’s probably because I didn’t read the script. I just showed up at the set, and I think [that] turned out well enough.”
IF YOU GO
Starring: Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones
Written by: Jason Segel, Nick Stoller
Directed by: James Bobin
Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes