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LOS ANGELES -- The biggest stars of the Muppets Most Wanted première this week night did not even walk down the red carpet.

Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Gonzo, along with hordes of other Muppets, made their way down the El Capitan Theatre red carpet in a car and stole the show from their human counterparts, including Tina Fey, Modern Family's Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais and Danny Trejo.

The Muppets might not be much for walking, but they know how to attract attention.

After they were driven to prime spots on the red carpet to hold court, they caused a celebrity bottleneck down the rest of the carpet. The foam creations posed in front of a faux safe full of money to signify the crime-caper comedy opening March 21.

"These guys have been icons since the '70s," said Burrell, eyeing the backup. "I'm very happy to play second fiddle to the Muppets."

Burrell plays the Interpol agent trying to crack the case in the movie directed by James Bobin.

"If a movie première isn't absurd enough already, then nothing is more absurd than doing it all with Muppets," said Burrell, with a smile. "All in the best possible way."

Josh Groban, who makes a cameo appearance in the film, was not bothered by the wait in line to get past the Muppets.

"It's like waiting in line to meet the president or the queen," said Groban. "You have to kiss the green ring in order to make your way into this film. And I'm not above that."

 

-- USA Today

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 14, 2014 D2

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