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Monday 19 March 2018

Gervais: I get bullied by Kermit

Ricky Gervais stars in Muppets Most Wanted opposite Kermit the Frog
Ricky Gervais stars in Muppets Most Wanted opposite Kermit the Frog

Ricky Gervais has joked that Kermit the Frog is more intimidating than he looks.

The funnyman - who stars in The Muppets sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, alongside the beloved puppets Kermit and Miss Piggy - admitted he had to get used to the green frog having the upper hand.

"I still haven't got over the thrill of being bullied by a frog. It's great. He insults me, he's much smaller than me. But he's in charge. It's perfect," he told Digital Spy.

Ricky plays villain Dominic Badguy, the henchman to evil frog Constantine, a dead ringer for Kermit and the world's number one criminal.

He continued: "I'm a sidekick to a frog! No, not the vice-president. A frog!

"I love playing a baddie. There's something fundamentally more exciting as an actor to play evil. Particularly when you're deconstructing it in a loved children's franchise!" he added.

The 52-year-old admitted he will belt out a tune and show off his dance moves in the film, which will be released on March 21.

"I am doing a song-and-dance number," he said.

"It's a big Hollywood song and dance, me and the frog. There's tap dancing and up-and-down stairs. I'm a pretty good singer - I rate myself at singing. Dancing? I'm your dad at a party."

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