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Monday, January 27, 2014

Ricky Gervais: "I'm a dancing Muppet"

Ricky Gervais enjoyed the singing but not the dancing aspect of his role in Muppets Most Wanted.

Ricky Gervais says dancing in the new Muppets movie "sent a chill down [his] spine".

The British funny man is starring in Muppets Most Wanted alongside a whole host of famous faces, including Tina Fey, Tom Hiddleston and Salma Hayek.

He plays Dominic, the sidekick of evil Constantine, the world's number one criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog.

"There's one big number between me and Constantine. We do a proper Hollywood song and dance number, going out onto fire escapes and tap dancing and stuff," Ricky explained to

"I'm okay at singing! I'm a pretty good singer actually, as a failed pop star! That doesn't faze me. Dancing?! That sends a chill down my spine. I don't know if you've seen The Office, where David Brent dances: that's the peak of my powers. That's as good as it can be," he laughed, referring to a cringe-inducing dance scene he filmed for the hit UK TV show.

There are many other well-known names that pop up in the movie, making it one of the most A-list casts a film has ever seen.

Music stars such as Lady Gaga, Usher and P. Diddy, real name Sean Combs, all make guest appearances.

Ricky didn't hesitate with getting on board with the latest in the Muppets franchise as he's been a fan of the Jim Henson creations for "about 35 years".

"I did Sesame Street a few years ago, and I've cited that as the highlight of my career. And I've worked with [David] Bowie and [Robert] De Niro! I've won Golden Globes, I've done The Simpsons... but I couldn't take my eyes off him. Again, there were no humans around - this guy [Elmo from Sesame Street] was a living, breathing little red furry thing.

"He made me laugh, the fact that he answered back... I treated him like he was an animal who could talk, and I've never lost the magic of that. I don't see them when they're slumped. It's like I can't see them unless they're on a hand, talking!" he admitted.

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