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Going Green

Kermit the Frog talks about his lengthy career and his life offscreen.

AMERICAN WAY: Tell me about reconnecting with Fozzie, Miss Piggy and the gang for The Muppets. It’s been 12 years since we’ve seen you together in the movies.
KERMIT THE FROG: Well, the story in the movie is that we haven’t seen each other for years. But, behind the scenes, we’ve really never lost touch. I guess it’s because all of us share so much in common — including a single house with too few rooms. Let me tell you: Nothing builds powerful relationships like living in a too-small house with bears, frogs, chickens, penguins and whatevers.

AW: What were you doing in the years between Muppet films?
KTF: We’ve all been keeping busy. We won five Webby awards for our online viral videos, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Ode to Joy”; we’ve been on TV; I wrote a book, Before You Leap; and recently I’ve been helping music groups like Weezer and OK Go put together a tribute album of Muppet songs called The Green Album. Other than that, it’s been quiet.

AW: You started performing in 1955. You look amazing for your age. What tips do you have for remaining fit and youthful?
KTF: Oh, I do all the usual things that frogs do to stay healthy: play leapfrog, dance to hip-hop, soak in pond scum. But my main workout regimen is running — usually while being chased by a pig.

AW: What’s your idea of a perfect day?
KTF: Sitting in the swamp, munching mosquitoes. As we frogs say: “Time’s sure fun when you’re having flies.”

AW: What’s the secret of life?
KTF: Friendship. If you have folks you believe in and who believe in you, absolutely anything is possible. Who knows that better than a talking frog?